AAP demands LG’s resignation after Sisodia’s name does not appear on CBI’s first indictment of Delhi excise policy scam

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The ruling Aam Aadmi party has accused the BJP at the center of using central investigative offices to attack its leaders ahead of the Delhi citizens’ polls and the upcoming Gujarat assembly election. MOT

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday called for the resignation of Delhi LG VK Saxena and denounced the Delhi Excise Policy scam as “misleading” after the Central Bureau of Investigation failed to include the name of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in his initial included cost sheet.

Sisodia blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for inventing scams where there are none, demanded the resignation of the LG and said, “BJP fabricated a story about a drinking scam and raided my residence. It is clear from the CBI indictment that I was defamed fraudulently. BJP has made a false report against the Delhi government with the help of the LG and CS. Since the CBI has given Manish Sisodia a clean slate, the LG must resign.”

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Arvind Kejriwal, the chairman of the AAP and the chief minister of Delhi, also responded to the CBI indictment which named seven people but did not name Sisodia. vicariously because the investigative agency had not found any evidence against Sisodia either.

In a tweet in Hindi, Kejriwal said: “Manish’s name is not on the CBI indictment. The whole thing is fake. Nothing was found during the raids. A total of 800 officers found nothing in the investigation for four months. Manish brought hope for a good future to millions of poor children in the country through a revolution in education. I am sorry that there has been a conspiracy to defame such a person by involving him in a false affair.”

On Friday, the CBI filed its first indictment against seven suspects in the excise duty case. The seven individuals named on the indictment include two arrested businessmen, the head of a news channel, a Hyderabad liquor businessman, a Delhi liquor distributor and two excise department officials. The case related to the liquor policy scam is still open, and Sisodia’s role is being investigated if there is one, officials at the research firm said.

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The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, who was listed as “No. 1 Accused” in the CBI’s First Information Report (FIR) filed in August, is not named in the indictment. He will soon be called back in for questioning, the officials said.

The CBI is investigating allegations of serious violations of the Aam Aadmi Party government’s new liquor policy for the national capital, which was repealed within six months. As part of the now-repealed policy, liquor store licenses were given to private players, reportedly known to AAP leaders. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also reported money laundering as a result of the CBI investigation.

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Sisodia, who oversaw liquor policy, was raided by investigative agencies in August and also questioned by the CBI. To date, he has refuted all allegations of corruption or illegal activity in drafting the liquor policy.

The ruling Aam Aadmi party has accused the BJP at the center of using central investigative offices to attack its leaders ahead of the citizens’ polls in Delhi and the upcoming parliamentary elections in Gujarat, claiming that the AAP was beginning to pose an electoral threat to the BJP in the polls.

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