CBI questions Delhi principal secy's staff
The CBI called the staff of Delhi Chief Minister's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar for questioning, in connection with its probe into an alleged corruption case against him. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the CBI did not follow proper procedure for summoning his officials. Refuting his claims, CBI sources said all necessary formalities were done and that the questioning was approved by Kejriwal himself.
PM Modi a 'coward, psychopath', says Kejriwal
Taking tensions between the Delhi government and the Centre to a new level, CM Arvind Kejriwal claimed that CBI raided his office at the behest of PM Narendra Modi. Kejriwal launched an attack on PM Modi, calling him a "coward and psychopath". He accused the Modi government of resorting to vendetta politics and came down heavily on CBI for the raids at Players Building.
Mamta Banerjee tweets condemning the raid
Condemning the alleged CBI raid on Kejriwal's office, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Sealing of a Chief Minister's office is unprecedented. I am shocked." Kejriwal retweeted her comment saying it was an "undeclared emergency."
CBI denies raiding CM's office
CBI denied raiding or sealing CM's office and claimed that it was searching the office and home of a senior bureaucrat in the Chief Minister's team, Rajender Kumar, accused of corruption. The agency said that searches were being conducted at 14 locations in Delhi and UP. The case, reportedly was registered based on complaint filed by Ashish Joshi, a former Delhi Dialogue Commission member.
Details of Joshi's complaint
In his complaint, Joshi had alleged that Rajender Kumar, abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments."
BJP too denies raids on Kejriwal's office
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also denied Kejriwal's claims and said in the parliament, "No one from the CBI has entered Kejriwal's room, the case is not connected to his tenure. The search is against an officer." Union minister Prakash Javadekar also echoed that CBI was only probing a complaint of corruption against an officer and maintained it has nothing to do with Kejriwal's office.
Kejriwal says FM lied in the Parliament
Kejriwal alleged that Finance Minister Jaitley lied in the Parliament. He said, "My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse."
BJP demands apology from Delhi CM
BJP demanded an "unqualified apology" from Delhi CM Kejriwal for his words against the Prime Minister. BJP called Kejriwal's words "abominable" and some opposition parties also felt he should have been more restrained. "Kejriwal should tender an unqualified apology to the Prime Minister for using words like coward. What he said is uncalled for, unwarranted, shameful and condemnable," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Apologize for your deeds says Arvind Kejriwal
Under criticism for calling the Prime Minister a "psychopath", Arvind Kejriwal said he would apologise if the Prime Minister were to apologise for his "deeds". "You apologise for your deeds, I will apologise for my words," he said.
Kejriwal releases pictures of documents seized by CBI
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal released pictures of documents which he claims to have been seized by the CBI, saying they have "no relation to the allegations being probed." He alleged that the real purpose of raid was to search for a file linked to cricket corruption allegedly involving Arun Jaitley. Jaitley headed DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) for 13 years till Dec 2013.
Kejriwal: CBI to raid Manish Sisodia, Satinder Jain
Citing sources within the Prime Minister's Office, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal stated that the CBI will next conduct raids on Manish Sisodia and Satinder Jain. He said that the PMO is interfering in the AAP government and that officers working under Sisodia and Jain are being pressured to manipulate their work. He alleged that the CBI, controlled by the Home-Ministry, is unfairly targeting AAP.