With the name of Manish Sisodia missing from the first indictment filed by the CBI in the Delhi Excise Policy scam case, Delhi’s deputy chief minister on Friday slammed the BJP, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi “should stop hatching conspiracies against the elected government”.
The CBI on Friday filed its first indictment in the case against arrested businessmen Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinpally and five other suspects, leaving the investigation open into the alleged role of others named in the FIR, including Sisodia. The deputy CM of Delhi named in the CBI FIR does not appear on this charge sheet.
“Some months ago, the BJP came up with a fairytale about a massive scam in Delhi. Sometimes they claimed the scam was Rs 10,000 crore, sometimes they said it was Rs 500 crore, then they said it was Rs 900 crore. They did the CBI house-by-house raid, bank vault searches. I had already stated that no such scam took place in Delhi, but the BJP tried to portray it as the biggest scam in history. They slandered us, tortured us. Finally today in the CBI indictment it turned out that Manish Sisodia was falsely framed for this, no such scam took place at all,” Sisodia told reporters.
“I want to tell the BJP that the fake reports they made through their LG Vinai Saxena and their Chief Secretary to defame the elected government of Delhi, will they now take action against LG and Chief Secretary? Not that it has been proven that the CBI, which deployed its 800 officers and raided 500 places, has said that there is nothing against Manish Sisodia, he has been given a clean slate, should not the lieutenant governor and the first secretary be removed? And the Prime Minister, who is always abusing the CBI and ED to discredit the elected governments, should apologise,” he added.
Addressing the media on an important issue | LIVE https://t.co/4PjYSCCk7k — Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 25, 2022
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took the opportunity to once again support his deputy. “Manish’s name is not on the CBI charge sheet. The whole thing is fake. Nothing was found during the raid. 800 agents found nothing in their investigation for 4 months. Manish gave hope for a good future to millions of the country’s poor children through an education revolution. I am saddened that there has been a conspiracy to defame such a person by involving him in a false case,” he tweeted.
In addition to Sisodia, who has the excise portfolio in the Delhi government, the CBI had named then-Excise Commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna, then-Deputy Excise Commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari, Assistant Excise Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar, nine businessmen and two companies as suspects in the FIR. submitted on August 17.
In its FIR, the agency has alleged that Sisodia and other accused officials have recommended and made decisions related to the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 without the approval of the competent authority with “intent to provide undue favors to the permit holders after the tender “.
The agency has alleged that Amit Arora, director of Buddy Retail Pvt Limited in Gurugram, Dinesh Arora and Arjun Pandey are “close associates” of Sisodia and were “actively involved in managing and diverting the wrongful monetary benefit collected from liquor licensees” for the accused public servants.
The CBI has alleged that Radha Industries, managed by Dinesh Arora, received Rs 1 crore from Sameer Mahendru of Indospirits.