This new controversy arose after the Chief Minister claimed that his office was raided by the CBI and that the Centre was behind it.
“CBI raids my office….When Modi cudn’t handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice. Modi is a coward and psycopath, (sic)” Kejriwal wrote on twitter.
On the other hand, CBI revealed that the raid was not conducted on the Delhi CM, but one of the officers attached to him. A CBI spokesperson said the searches were being conducted only at the office of the Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and not the Delhi CM’s office.
“After taking warrants, searches are being conducted in the office and residence of Rajendra Kumar. The allegations against Rajendra Kumar were raised by Ashish Joshi, former Member Secretary, Delhi Dialogue Commission,” the agency said.
The CBI further explained that searches were in connection with a particular corruption case and raids were being conducted at 14 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Incidentally, the third floor of the Delhi Secretariat also houses Kejriwal’s office.
Not just that, the matter was raised in both the Houses of Parliament. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clarified the issue in the Upper House after TMC MP Derek o’ Brien brought it up, calling it an unprecedented act.
Leader of the House Arun Jaitley issued a clarification on the matter saying that the Delhi CM’s office was not raided. He too stated on the floor of the House that it was a raid against an officer of the Delhi government.
“The Chief Minister’s Office has not been raided. The raid has nothing to do with Arvind Kejriwal or his tenure. There is a corruption case against an officer of Delhi government. The raid is in relation to that officer. It is the officer (office) that has been searched,” Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha amid noisy protests by Opposition members which forced the House to adjourn multiple times.
The Delhi CM again took to twitter to lash out at the FM and his statement in the Rajya Sabha.
“FM lied in Parliament. My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse,” AAP chief tweeted the allegation, mincing no words.
“My question -had Rajender not been my secretary, then wud he have been raided? No. Then who is the target- Rajender or me ?” Kejriwal said in another tweet.
“I am the only CM who dismissed, on my own, a minister n a senior officer on charges of corruption and handed their cases to CBI…. If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn’t they share it wid me? I wud hv acted against him, (sic)” Kejriwal questioned the Centre’s intentions in a series of tweets.
Several other AAP ministers expressed shock and outrage over the raid, calling it the “darkest” day and an “undeclared emergency” in the history of Indian democracy.
Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia alleged that the Centre controlled the CBI and claimed the raid at Rajendra Kumar’s office was aimed at sending message to officials “if they worked with Kejriwal honestly, they will be troubled.”
In the war of words, the BJP too hit back at Kejriwal, condemning the language he used to criticise PM Modi.
“Does he want to protect the corrupt?” lashed out union minister Prakash Javedekar.
“Instead of taking action against the corrupt, he is accusing the Prime minister. This is absolutely unacceptable,” the minister said.
(With inputs from PTI)