Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the CBI is being misused. “CBI team came in the morning and searched my residence, seized my computer and phone. I and my family cooperated. We have done nothing wrong did no corruption therefore not afraid. CBI is being misused.”
The investigation agency has made a formal complaint and is looking into claims of corruption in the new Delhi excise policy that the AAP administration unveiled in November.
The CBI conducted a raid today in New Delhi against Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi who also oversees the Excise department due to allegations of corruption in the liquor policy. The charges have been refuted by the Aam Aadmi Party administration.
Manish Sisodia’s house in Delhi as well as 31 additional places spread across seven states were searched by the CBI. Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena imposed the necessary penalty to file a corruption complaint.
CBI Raid & Igniting Politics
According to sources, during the 14-hour raid, agency officials seized confidential documents about the new excise policy from a public servant’s residence. It is unknown where the seizure occurred. So far, no cash has been recovered. More searches are expected.
According to the CBI’s FIR, a liquor trader gave one crore rupees to that of a company run by a Sisodia acquaintance. He is the first person on the list of the FIR’s 15 identified parties, which was filed on Wednesday.
Following a report from the Delhi Chief Secretary claiming flaws in Delhi’s new liquor policy, Lieutenant Governor Saxena urged a CBI investigation last month. The liquor policy, which went into effect in November, gave private players control of the liquor shop licenses .
The CBI is looking into the matter after it has filed a First Information Report.
According to Mr. Sisodia, the goal of the programme is to combat corruption at government-run booze stores. He claimed that the “great work done by the Delhi government in the health and education sector” had alarmed the Center, and as a result, ministers from both sectors had been singled out. Satyendar Jain, the minister of health, has been incarcerated since May.
The CBI arrived at Mr. Sisodia’s door “the day the Delhi education model was hailed,” according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Mr. Sisodia’s photo appeared on the top page of the New York Times. Raids had been conducted in the past as well, but nothing was discovered, and nothing will be discovered this time.
Anurag Thakur, a BJP minister, claimed that Mr. Sisodia and Mr. Kejriwal linked the CBI raids to their work in the education sector out of fear of a CBI investigation. Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia’s actual personalities have been exposed by the corruption in the excise policy, according to Mr. Thakur.
Congress on ongoing CBI raids
The Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera tweeted, “The other side of constant misuse of agencies against political opponents is that even lawful, rightful operations of agencies come under a cloud of suspicion.
The Excise policy was allegedly introduced by the AAP government “only for the purpose of helping private liquor barons,” according to the Lieutenant Governor. He had claimed that “individuals at the top levels of the government, up to Manish Sisodia,” were involved.
Mr. Sisodia announced a rollback of the policy following the initial launch of an investigation by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police. In response to the Centre’s claim that AAP was attempting to establish a drinking culture in Delhi, he mentioned Gujarat, a dry state where 43 people had passed away after consuming illegal alcohol.
Who is named in FIR
In addition to Manish Sisodia, former excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna, former deputy commissioner Anand Tiwari and Assistant commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar are also named in the FIR. Other names include Manoj Rai (former employee of Pernod Ricard), Amandeep Dhal (Director of Delhi-based Brindco Sales Pvt Ltd), Sameer Mahendru (Managing director of Jor Bagh-based Indospirit Group), Sunny Marwah (Mahadev Liquors) and Buddy Sales and Mahadev Liquors (named as companies).