CBI to probe Sisodia, Kejriwal slams Modi by calling him ‘coward’

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The CBI today registered a preliminary enquiry against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others in connection with alleged irregularities in AAP government’s social media campaign “Talk to AK”.

The PE has been registered based on a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government.

The complaint alleged 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.
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It 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.

Official sources said the CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry to probe these allegations and is looking into the alleged role of Sisodia and others.

Reacting to it, an infuriated Sisodia tweeted, “Welcome Modiji. Take the challenge. I will wait for your CBI at my home and office tomorrow morning.”

Kejriwal also took to twitter to criticise the Prime Minister.

“Wow Modiji! You take bribe and register cases against us. Steal and also be audacious about it,” he tweeted.

“This is why I call you a coward. When you are losing Goa and Punjab, you have started the CBI game,” he wrote in another tweet.

“It seems Modiji has lost it. Prime Minister of the country has only this to do. He is after us,” he said.

The CBI has also registered a preliminary enquiry in the appointment of Saumya Jain, AAP minister Satyendar Jain’s daughter, as advisor to Delhi government on its Mohalla Clinic project.

The Lt Governor’s office had earlier recommended a CBI probe in the matter after she was appointed an advisor in the health department.

The Delhi government, on the direction of the LG’s office, had sent a letter to CBI in December last year to look into the matter.

Jain had earlier rejected the allegation of favouritism, saying she had worked voluntarily and not a single paisa was given to her.

In July, Soumya had resigned from the post following the opposition’s allegation of nepotism.

“We have done nothing wrong. She was not given a single paisa. She had offered to work voluntarily and we had taken her service. Let them probe the matter,” Satyendar Jain had said.

Official sources said the Preliminary Enquiry will cover the role of Jain, the MD of the Health department and others, and will decide if a regular case needs to be registered.

(With PTI inputs)

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