CBI Raids Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Over Liquor Policy

The CBI has registered a First Information Report or FIR in the case

New Delhi:
The CBI today launched raids against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia over allegations linked to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s controversial liquor policy that was scrapped last month.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. Besides Manish Sisodia’s home in Delhi, the CBI carried out searches in 20 locations across seven states. ​Former Delhi Excise Commissioner A Gopikrishna’s home in Daman and Diu was also searched, officials said.

  2. The probe agency has filed an FIR and is investigating allegations of corruption in the new Delhi Excise Policy launched by the AAP government in November, under which liquor shop licenses were handed over to private players.

  3. Manish Sisodia tweeted this morning: “CBI is here at my residence. I will cooperate with the probe agency, they will not find anything against me.”

  4. Mr Sisodia said the Centre was “troubled” by the “excellent work done by the Delhi government in the health and education sector” and that is why ministers of both departments were targeted. Satyendar Jain, the Delhi Health Minister, has been in jail since May. 

  5. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who had predicted that Mr Sisodia would be targeted by probe agencies, tweeted: “Welcome to CBI. Will cooperate fully. There have been many tests/raids in the past as well. Nothing came out. still nothing will come out.”

  6. AAP has accused the BJP of relentlessly targeting its ministers as part of its political plan to crush rivals. Mr Kejriwal said the CBI landed at Mr Sisodia’s doorstep the “day on which the Delhi education model was praised and Manish Sisodia’s picture was printed on the front page of America’s largest newspaper NYT.”

  7. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into the Excise Policy after the Delhi Chief Secretary filed a report in July alleging violation of rules and “deliberate and gross procedural lapses”.

  8. The Lieutenant Governor had last month alleged that the AAP government’s excise policy was implemented “with the sole aim” of benefitting private liquor barons for financial benefits to “individuals at the highest echelons of the government leading up to Manish Sisodia”.

  9. “Minister In-charge of the Excise Department, Manish Sisodia took and got executed, major decisions/actions in violation of the statutory provisions and the notified Excise Policy that had huge financial implications,” Mr Saxena’s statement had said.

  10. On July 30, Mr Sisodia announced a rollback of the policy, which handed over liquor sale licenses to private players, shutting down government outlets.

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