Arvind Kejriwal said about the CBI officials who arrested Manish Sisodia
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal on Monday said that “most CBI officers” objected to the arrest of his vice-chairman Manish Sisodia in the liquor policy probe and was forced to do so without evidence due to “political pressure”.
Most of the CBI officers reportedly protested Manish’s arrest. They all have great respect for him and have no evidence against him. But the political pressure to arrest him was so great that they had to obey their political masters
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Mr Sisodia late on Sunday for alleged irregularities in the now-abolished liquor policy, the highest-profile arrest so far in the case.
He was arrested after an eight-hour interrogation in an ongoing investigation into “alleged irregularities in the levy and enforcement of excise,” the CBI said in a statement.
Before going to the CBI, Mr Sisodia held a roadshow with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters and said he was being implicated in a fake case because the BJP was afraid of Aam Aadmi’s advances.
The country’s federal agencies are reporting to the BJP government at the Center for alleged irregularities in the Delhi government’s liquor policy after a report in July last year suggested that the policy would benefit private liquor vendors. Rebates at Exchequer Exchequer.
The policy was subsequently withdrawn.
Mr Sisodia’s Aam Aadmi Party, a staunch critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has denied any wrongdoing on his behalf and said his arrest was a political vendetta by Prime Minister Modi’s government.
Hours after Sisodia’s arrest, Aam Aadmi Party chief Mr Kejriwal said, “Manish is innocent. His arrest is a dirty piece of politics.”
Credited with a dramatic overhaul of public education in the capital, Mr Sisodia is also the party’s second in-charge and has helped push the Aam Aadmi Party in other states to challenge Prime Minister Modi’s BJP in the coming elections.