CBI at Manish Sisodia’s office; won’t find anything, he says | India News


The Central Bureau of Investigation landed at the office of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday for “evidence collection” in connection with the investigation into the alleged irregularities in framing and implementing the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22. CBI is learnt to have seized a computer from Sisodia’s office.

Visuals from raids conducted by CBI at Manish Sisodia office in Delhi Secretariat

Visuals from raids conducted by CBI at Manish Sisodia office in Delhi Secretariat

The move triggered a political storm with the Aam Aadmi Party accusing CBI of “raiding” Sisodia time and again without result. But the agency rejected the allegations. Denying that any raid and not even a search was conducted on Saturday, CBI sources said that a due notice under Section 91 of CrPC was given to the accused as the investigating officer needed to examine a computer device from Sisodia’s office.
The deputy CM is accused No 1 in CBI’s FIR in the case, and investigations against him are going on even as a chargesheet was filed against seven people, including AAP’s communication in-charge Vijay Nair in November last year. The agency had filed an FIR in the case on August 17. Searches were conducted earlier too and the probe against many of the accused, including Sisodia, is still underway. A supplementary chargesheet is likely to be filed by January-end, sources said.
It was in this connection that CBI visited the Delhi Secretariat on Saturday and collected the computer.
Sisodia tweeted that a team of CBI officers had reached his office in Delhi Secretariat to conduct searches while reiterating he was not involved in corruption.
“CBI has again reached my office today. I welcome them. They had raided my house and office, searched my locker and even searched my village but found nothing against me. It will not find anything because I have not done anything wrong. I have sincerely worked for the education of children,” Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
AAP also wondered why, if it was not a raid, CBI was at Sisodia’s office. “If CBI did not raid Manishji’s office, would it have gone there to have tea and snacks? CBI should tell everyone what was found in the raid,” the party said in a statement.
Delhi BJP working president Virendra Sachdeva claimed it was a routine CBI inquiry at Sisodia’s office that was wrongly being called a raid. “AAP leaders often say they welcome the investigative agencies. But when the same investigative agencies bring cases against them, they start making a political hullabaloo,” Sachdeva said. Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana said if Sisodia was innocent, he should let the agency complete the investigation and stop playing the political victim card.


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