In the recent development of events, AAP head person and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for the first time, responded to allegations of money laundering and corruption levelled by suspended Aam Aadmi Party member Kapil Mishra and said that he would’ve been jailed had the allegations borne “iota of truth”. This is the first time Kejriwal has taken Mr Mishra’s allegations head on and talked about it directly.

“I would have been in jail had there been an iota of truth in his allegations,” the AAP chief said at a party meeting. He further added – “They ask me why am I silent? Why I am not responding? How does one respond to these allegations! No one believes them – even the opposition doesn’t believe the charges”. Referring to Mishra he alleged “when your own betray you, it hurts a lot”.

Kapil Mishra was fired as a minister in the Delhi government by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier this month citing his “poor performance”. He attacking Kejriwal back on his “in jail” stance made clear that many corrupt politicians are still not put on trial and convicted.

Mr Mishra had claimed seeing the AAP chief being paid 2 crore INR by Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain at his house. He further accused Mr Jain of helping Kejriwal’s relative win a 50 crore deal and accusd AAP of fudging their account statements and lying to the Election Commission. He also claimed that the Chief Minister was “fully aware of the discrepencies”. Mr Mishra had also went on a hunger strike last week to protest against the top AAP leadership but he quit the fast yesterday after falling ill during a press briefing.

On Sunday, Mishra alleged that a person who was under investigation for a Rs 400-crore scam had funded the foreign tours of senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh.