CBI Pays Surprise Visit to Delhi Secretariat, AAP Cries Foul

It was alleged that despite objections from the Principal Secretary, the government went ahead with the campaign.

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Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.. (Courtesy: ANI)

The CBI inquiry against Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain's daughter by a "rattled" BJP government is the "clearest indicator" that AAP will sweep Punjab and Goa in the upcoming Assembly polls, the party said on Thursday.

AAP Delhi Convenor Dilip Pandey told a press conference that the CBI action was also a manifestation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "fears" over AAP's "imminent electoral success".

On Wednesday, the CBI registered preliminary enquiries against Deputy CM Sisodia and Saumya, daughter of health minister Satyendar Jain, in two separate cases.

A day after it registered a preliminary inquiry against Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to probe alleged irregularities in the 'Talk to AK' campaign, the CBI on Thursday paid a surprise visit to Delhi government's advertisement department.

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths visited Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) office at Delhi Secretariat and collected documents relating to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's "Talk to AK" media campaign.

Our team visited the DIP office in Delhi Secretariat to collect some documents to probe the allegation of improprieties and violation of extent rules and regulations in award of work pertaining to the Delhi government’s media campaign ‘Talk to AK’.
CBI Official

Sisodia alleged that the CBI was "acting on instructions" from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, he said, was rattled by AAP's resolve to send Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia, who it accuses of having links with international drug mafia, to jail.

The CBI on Wednesday registered a preliminary enquiry against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others in connection with alleged irregularities in AAP government's social media campaign "Talk to AK".

The PE has been registered based on a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government.

In the complaint, it was alleged that a consultant of a well-known public relations company was hired by the Delhi government to promote the "Talk to AK" (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore was prepared for this purpose.

It was also alleged that despite objections from the Principal Secretary, the government went ahead with the proposal and the consultant spent the money, thereby creating a liability for the government.

Official sources said the CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry to probe these allegations and is looking into the alleged role of Sisodia and others.

Reacting to it, infuriated AAP members took to Twitter to express their displeasure about the situation.

Kejriwal accused PM Modi of accepting bribes himself and hypocritically investigating AAP members.

Dilip Pandey also levelled charges of corruption against the Modi government saying, “Should we initiate an investigation on Modi taking bribe from the Birlas and Saharas or the Rs 8 lakh during demonetisation scam?”

(With inputs PTI and IANS)

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