CBI team visits Sisodia’s residence

RSTV Bureau
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrives to attend  two-day Winter Session of Delhi Assembly  in New Delhi on  Tuesday, 16 January 2017.

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrives to attend two-day Winter Session of Delhi Assembly in New Delhi on Tuesday, 16 January 2017.

The CBI visited the premises of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Friday to seek clarifications and record his statement in connection with a preliminary enquiry registered against him related to alleged irregularities in the Aam Aadmi Party’s ‘Talk to AK’ campaign.

AAP accused the union government of playing political games, and called the CBI team’s visit a raid.

“Today’s raid signals the resolve of the Centre to not let the AAP government work. The BJP wants to obliterate the opposition. The intention is to take revenge through relentless harassment,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

The CBI denied AAP’s charge and said no “search or raid” was conducted at Sisodia’s residence. According to rules, no search or raid can be conducted under a PE.

If it was not a “raid”, as the CBI claimed, why did its officials visit the deputy CM’s house, Singh hit back.

“Did they go for tea,” he mocked.

The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) in January this year on the basis of a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government.

It is alleged in the complaint that a consultant of a well-known public relations company was hired by the Delhi government to promote “Talk to AK” (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore was prepared for this purpose.

It is alleged that despite objections from the Principal Secretary, the government went ahead with the proposal and the consultant spent the money thereby creating a liability for the government.

(With inputs from PTI)