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Excise Policy Line: CBI raids Sisodia residence; Welcome he tweets

In what could further aggravate already strained relations between the Center and the Delhi government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out searches at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday morning.

The residence of Sisodia, a senior leader of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), was among 21 places searched by the central agency.

The searches come days after the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, a central government official, recommended a CBI investigation into alleged anomalies and irregularities in the distribution of licenses under Delhi’s liquor policy 2021-22 .

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“Multiple CBI teams conducted searches at 21 locations across seven states, including the offices of four officials,” a CBI source said. The New Indian.

A dozen officers crammed into three vehicles reached Sisodia’s residence, house number AB-17 at Mathura Road, around 8:30 a.m.

A team of CBI officials are also searching the residence of former excise commissioner E Gopikishan, the source added, adding that the searches were being carried out as part of a registered case based on a complaint received from LG. VK Saxena.

The properties of some other people associated with the case were also searched.

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Earlier this month, the LG also recommended the suspension of 11 Excise Department officers who were involved in drafting the new liquor policy.

Meanwhile, AAP leaders called the CBI action “harassment”, dismissing the charges in the case as “false”.

“The CBI has arrived. I welcome them. I am an honest convinced man. We shape the careers of thousands of children. It is unfortunate that those who work for the country are harassed in this way. This is why our country couldn’t become number one,” Sisodia tweeted.

In another tweet, he wrote: “These people have problems with the good work being done in education and health. That’s why they arrested the minister of health and the minister of education. All allegations against us are false. The truth will come to court.

On May 31, the ED arrested Delhi’s health minister, Satyendar Jain, in a hawala transaction case. He is currently in custody.

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The AAP, which governs Delhi and Punjab, has accused the Center of abusing central agencies.

The Congress party, which is at the forefront of mobilizing the opposition against the ‘misuse’ of central agencies for ‘vendetta politics’, however, was quick to criticize Sisodia, saying he was playing a “victim card”.

“AAP was doing the future for children in Delhi by offering a free bottle of alcohol with one. AAP shapes the future of children by reducing the drinking age. Beware of the AAP’s fierce dishonesty; they have done the job of throwing Delhi into hell for the past eight years,” tweeted Congress spokeswoman Alka Lamba, who was formerly in the AAP.

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In no time, BJP leaders launched an attack on Sisodia and the Kejriwal government. “It has been five years since Satyendar Jain, Manish Sisodia and (CM) Arvind Kejriwal will go to jail for corruption. Two wickets have fallen and the third thief will also be caught soon,” said BJP’s Kapil Mishra.

In 2017, Mishra, who was a minister in the AAP government, resigned from his post, bringing serious allegations against the Delhi government. He was then suspended from the party.