CBI seals Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office, entry prohibited

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In a shocking development, the CBI on Tuesday sealed the office of Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal banning entry of anybody into his office in the secretariat.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson from the state government said that they had no idea why this happened. The spokesperson added that they will soon issue an official statement adding that the development had left them perplexed.

Kejriwal tweeted, “CBI raids my office.”

His next tweet said, “When Modi cudn’t handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice.”

 

His another tweet called Narendra Modi a ‘coward’ and a ‘psychopath.’

Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, too slammed the central government or carrying out ‘vendetta politics.’

He tweeted;

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, said that the CBI didn’t function under central government.

He said, “CBI do not function under central govt. It’s become a fashion for Delhi govt to quarrel with centre.”

Kejriwal tweeted saying that the CBI was lying that it conducted raids on his principal secretary, Rajendra Kumar’s office.

He said; “CBI lying. My office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?”

His another tweet read;

Kjeriwal further added, “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 with me? I would have acted against him.”

Arun Jaitley, the union finance minister, told Rajya Sabha that the raids were not against Arvind Kejriwal but his principal secretary in relation to cases pertaining to his tenure before he joined the AAP government.

Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brian said in Rajya Sabha that the CBI raid on Kejriwal’s office was unprecedented in the history of India adding that the Modi government had ‘to clarify. Has emergency been declared?”

Bihar’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar said, “All standards of Centre-state relationships are being flouted and this is unbelievable.”

There are reports that CBI had acted on the information provided by the shunted IAS officer, Ashish Joshi, who the Delhi government says was removed ‘on corruption charges.’

Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government, which won a historic mandate in February this year, winning 67 out of 70 seats in the assembly, has always complained of harassment by the centre’s BJP government.

CBI reports to the central government and its role in being used to settle political scores has come under sharp scrutiny even in the past.

The central government’s other agency, Delhi police, has been accused of launching sustained harassment campaign against legislators and ministers belonging to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party.

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