In a fresh attack on Modi government, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said that the Centre had failed to digest the victory of AAP in the national capital. Sisodia addressing media persons referred to a report, which claimed that the executive editor of a leading English daily was apprising the BJP national president Amit Shah on Kejriwal’s supposed indiscretions.
The report has come out with an email by a senior journalist to BJP national president Amit Shah and Officer on Special Duty in the PMO, Hiren Joshi, with the subject “Kejriwal against Centre”.
The email lists 10 instances of “violations by Kejriwal”. The full text of the email does not mention why the senior journalist is apprising Shah on Kejriwal’s supposed indiscretions, neither does it list a set of questions to the two that can be interpreted as a journalistic inquiry. The PMO acted rather swiftly on the email and ordered a “factual report” on it within five days.
Sisodia added there was a growing feeling that after raiding Kejriwal’s office in December 2015 and Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain’s office last month, the CBI was preparing to raid his (Sisodia) office too.
Referring to Kejriwal’s former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s letter to Delhi Chief Secretary, he said: “The CBI was putting pressure on Kumar during interrogation, repeatedly telling him to implicate Kejriwal and that he (Kumar) will be exonerated.”
“The intention of the CBI was to pressurise Kumar to name Kejriwal as they were planning to raid Chief Minister’s Office and arrest him (Kejriwal).”
“It was the same set of people (CBI sleuths) who forced bureaucrat B K Bansal and his family to commit suicide,” Sisodia told reporters at his residence.
He said the CBI was not focused on taking action against the corrupt and terror outfits but was concentrating all its energy in implicating Kejriwal in a false case.
“Modiji, do whatever you want. Use CBI to arrest officers, MLAs, Ministers and even me and Kejriwal...but your countdown has started. People of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and other states will teach you a lesson,” Sisodia warned.
Alleging harassment by the CBI, Rajendra Kumar on Thursday said he had sought voluntary retirement from the service and accused the agency of pressurising him to implicate the CM in the alleged wrongdoing he (Kumar) is accused of. The CBI denied the allegations as “absolutely baseless”.