Former AAP leader Kingra accuse party leaders of demanding bribe

Kingra AAP bribe Pathak

CHANDIGARH: Former AAP member Hardip Singh Kingra today accused a close associate of party leader Durgesh Pathak of taking bribe for arranging a meeting with Pathak.

Presenting a purported audio recording to substantiate his allegations, Kingra said, it could be “clearly heard” that a close associate of Pathak, identified as Amrish Tirkha of Ludhiana, is asking for Rs 5 lakh for arranging a meeting with Pathak.

The Aam Aadmi Party today ordered an inquiry into the allegations levelled by former AAP leader Hardip Singh Kingra, a supporter of ousted state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, against party leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak, even as a crucial meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), slated for this evening in New Delhi, was put off.

Earlier, addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Kingra, who quit AAP after not getting the ticket from Faridkot, released a clip in which a person allegedly close to Pathak demanded Rs 5 lakh from a volunteer for fixing a meeting with him. Kingra said he had been footing the board and lodging bill of the Delhi leaders, who never asked him about the source of the money.

He said state AAP legal head Himmat Singh Shergill also enjoyed his hospitality but later turned against him.