The national capital has got its new law minister in a span of just six months. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday gave the law ministry’s charge to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, removing Kapil Mishra, who was holding the crucial portfolio.
Mishra was appointed as the law minister in just June this year, after his predecessor Jitendra Tomar was arrested over allegations of his fake law degree. During AAP’s first stint of 49 days, Somnath Bharti was appointed the law minister. He had drawn flak after his controversial midnight raid that targeted Nigerian women in his constituency.
According to sources, Mishra’s over-enthusiastic style of functioning was the reason for his ouster from the portfolio. Four days ago, in a letter to Kejriwal, Mishra had requested him to file an FIR against former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit over the report of a ‘fact finding committee’ on water tanker management distribution system of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), mentioning how Dixit and the then DJB chairman had bypassed laws that led to a loss of Rs400 crores. The Delhi government is yet to make the committee report public.
“This is a big expose and I am afraid that immediately after this expose, there will be attempts to destabilise our Government in Delhi and also to remove me from this chair,” he had written, as a premonition perhaps.
He had also shot another letter to Sisodia recently, asking for an urgent meeting to ensure that terrace restaurants are brought to the city soon. Sources informed that another reason for the change was that the law department demanded a stricter head.
Mishra, however, will continue to be in charge of the water and tourism ministries.
He had led the campaign within Aam Aadmi Party for the removal of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, following which he was appointed as a minister of the Delhi government.