CBI seized 'unrelated' files
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accuses investigating agency of confiscating documents containing Cabinet decisions during Tuesday’s raid
New Delhi: The CBI seized files containing ‘Cabinet decisions’ during its daylong raid on Tuesday, the Delhi government alleged yesterday with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claiming that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised.
An AAP activist holds dummy parrots in a cage during a protest in Ahmedabad yesterday. Pic/PTI
Taking the attack to the next level, Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia accused the CBI of seizing documents ‘unrelated’ to the agency’s probe against Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar. The CM also launched a fresh attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying he had ‘misled’ Parliament by saying that the CBI did not raid the Chief Minister’s office.
"CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office. They would have seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy. Docs seized from my office. No relation to allegations being probed. Item 7-file movement register of last one month," Kejriwal mentioned in a series of tweets.
Addressing a press conference, Sisodia wondered why the CBI had allegedly seized ‘file movement register of November-December’ and ‘three files of transport department’.
"What is the connection? CBI also scrutinized files of DDCA. They even planned to seize them but did not do so after the CM raised the issue," Sisodia said.
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TMC yesterday batted for the Delhi CM in the Lok Sabha over the CBI raids on his principal secretary’s office, alleging that the agency had become Gujarat Bureau of Investigation (GBI) under the Modi government. TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said the raids had perturbed them and rejected Centre’s claim that the CBI was an ‘independent body’, claiming that the agency could not have acted without the Prime Minister’s knowledge.
New Delhi: Claiming that the seizure made by the CBI proves that CM Arvind Kejriwal’s office was raided yesterday, Aam Aadmi Party today sought a privilege motion against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the government for "misleading’ Parliament over the issue. AAP leader Ashutosh alleged that Jaitley lied on the floor of the House and this warrants a privilege motion against him and the government. "Since Jaitley has lied on the floor of the House and misled Parliament, this warrants a privilege motion against him and the government," he said. Meanwhile, the Congress also targeted Jaitley and demanded his resignation over alleged ‘gross financial irregularities’ in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he headed it from 1999 to 2013. In a further escalation of the confrontation between the Opposition party and the government, the party claimed that a committee constituted by the Delhi government has found ‘gross financial irregularities’ in the DDCA.