A day after the CBI raided his residence, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday claimed that the 2024 Lok Sabha polls will be a battle between Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who he alleged was using all means to scare the AAP supremo. Noting that the Delhi excise policy was implemented with complete transparency and there was no scam, Sisodia said they want to stop Arvind Kejriwal whose work on education and Read More
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The opposition Congress and SAD demanded a probe into Punjab’s excise policy, alleging it was a “sellout” and the state was “defrauded” like in Delhi where its liquor policy is under the CBI scanner. Congress Legislative Party leader in Punjab Assembly Partap Singh Bajwa along with other party leaders said they will meet the governor seeking a probe into the excise policy in Punjab. “Like Delhi, the liquor policy in Punjab is a sellout in which the AAP leaders in connivance with some senior officials have defrauded the state of thousands of crores of rupees, besides rendering hundreds of Punjabi traders jobless,” Bajwa alleged. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia too demanded a high-level probe into Punjab’s excise policy, alleging the “liquor mafia” which is being probed in Delhi by the CBI had taken over the liquor business in Punjab. “The AAP government of Punjab is looting the state exchequer to contest elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat,” Majithia alleged.
Entrepreneur Vijay Nair, one of the accused in a case registered by the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in implementation of Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, refuted that he has fled the country and said he was abroad for “personal” work. Nair said in a statement that he was surprised by the news that he has “run away” abroad and added “I will fully cooperate as soon as I hear from the CBI.” “I am abroad for the last few weeks for some personal work. I have not done anything wrong. So there is no question of my running away,” he said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who is facing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the Delhi excise policy, will visit Gujarat on Monday to “guarantee education and health”. READ MORE
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday asserted that the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be a walkover for the BJP if Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal is pitted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He claimed that the Delhi chief minister is not even known in many states, which will lead to a further increase in the BJP’s tally in the Lok Sabha. READ MORE
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the excise policy due to which the CBI raided his residence and 31 other locations over alleged corruption charges is “the best in the country,” and claimed that if the policy was not withdrawn within 48 hours of its implementation, the Delhi government would have earned revenue of Rs 10,000 Crore every year.
जिस एक्साइज पॉलिसी के नाम पर इन्होंने मेरे घर CBI की रेड कराई, वो एक्साइज पॉलिसी देश की सबसे शानदार एक्साइज पॉलिसी है।
अगर इन्होंने एक्साइज पॉलिसी के लागू होने के ठीक 48 घंटे पहले LG से उनका निर्णय न बदलवाया होता, तो इससे हर साल दिल्ली सरकार को 10,000 करोड़ का राजस्व मिलता।
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 20, 2022
Speaking on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia plan to go on a two-day visit to Gujarat, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, the Deputy Chief Minsiter goes for such trips and he will be accompanied by the Chief Minister for the visit.
Asking how the Uttar Pradesh government generates such revenue by selling liquor, AAP leader Sanjay Singh claimed the “MCD waived off Rs 85 crore of toll license fee during Covid-10 pandemic. Did CBI or ED investigate?” He claimed Rs 5 lakh crore was waived off for “some capitalists” and questioned how much commission the BJP received. He further said, “We will continue our battle and will stand by truth.”
Reiterating Manish Sisodia who had earlier claimed that the 2024 polls will be a battle between Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi, AAP leader Sanjay Singh that the 2024 polls will be AAP vs BJP and alleged the Congress has also joined hands with BJP. Responding to Union Minister Anurag Thakur’s ‘revdi’ (freebies) and ‘bevdi’ (drunk) against the Delhi government, Singh said, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh earns most of its tax from selling liquor followed by Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, Bevdo ke fauj khadi karte ho or hume bevdi sarkar kehte ho (you make an army out of drunk people and call us a drunk government).
AAP leader Sanjay Singh said while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has told the public everything regarding the raids over alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy, the CBI has yet to say anything about what they recovered yesterday from the raids. The BJP is repeating themselves without understanding the issue, he said asserting that the issue is not about liquor policy, it’s about the rising popularity of Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi’s education and health models are being defamed. With the BJP is “rattled” by the New York Times article hailing AAP government education model, the saffron party has began raising “questions on NYT’s credibility.” “If NYT doesn’t publish you then your troll army peddles fake news. Why so much hate against Delhi’s education model?” he asked.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur took a dig at the Aam Aadmi government in Delhi for the alleged corruption related to the excise police and called it a government of ‘revdi’ (freebies) and ‘bevdi’ (drunk). READ MORE
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were acquitted in a 2013 criminal defamation case. A Delhi court said in its judgement that media reports cited by the complainant has been perused however, the complainant could not establish a case of defamation from these reports.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned some accused in the Delhi excise policy scam case for questioning on Saturday, officials told PTI.
#WATCH | "Manish Sisodia might have now changed the spelling of his name too. Now it is – M O N E Y SHH," says Union Minister Anurag Thakur
CBI officials raided the residence & office of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for 14 hours in the Excise policy case, yesterday, August 20. pic.twitter.com/NNFf6xQr88
— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2022
BJP on Saturday sharpened its attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, with Union Minister Anurag Thakur describing him as the “kingpin” of the “liquor scam” in the capital. Addressing a press conference here, Thakur said the AAP should not try to divert attention from the excise scam by raising other issues as its “real face has been unmasked”. Taking a dig at Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Thakur referred to him as “Money Shh”, alleging that alleges he makes money and maintains silence. Thakur was flanked by Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta and Lok Sabha member Manoj Tiwari.
Manish Ji, if your liquor policy was right, why did you take it back? It’s like ‘chor ki daadhi mei tinka’… why is there a soft corner for liquor businessmen?… I challenge Arvind Kejriwal to come in front of the nation and answer me within 24 hrs: Union Minister Anurag Thakur
Manish Sisodia is no stranger to controversies. Delhi’s deputy chief minister and a trusted lieutenant of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and CM Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia found himself at the centre of yet another controversy as the CBI raided his residence on Friday in connection with alleged corruption in the Delhi government’s now-withdrawn Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22. The genesis of the raid can be traced back to July 8, when Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar submitted a report to Lt Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena, accusing Sisodia of providing undue benefits to liquor vend licensees in lieu of “kickbacks” and “commissions” that AAP allegedly utilised in February’s Punjab assembly elections. READ MORE
Manish Sisodia is accused no 1 is, Arvind Kejriwal is the kingpin… This AAP government is ‘Rewari’ and ‘Bewari’: Anurag Thakur
The co-accused in the alleged corruption case of Delhi’s excise policy clarified that he has not run abroad and added he was on a personal work. “I am surprised to see in the news saying that I have run away abroad. I am abroad for last few weeks for some personal work. I have not done anything wrong. So there is no question of my running away,” Vijay Nair said. “Yesterday, my house in Mumbai was raided. I spoke to CBI officer present at my residence on phone. I asked her whether I needed to come. She told me that some CBI officer named Mr Alok will get in touch with me and inform me when and where to report,” he added.
Aday after he was raided by the CBI over charges of corruption in the now-withdrawn Delhi liquor policy, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led central government, saying it was not worried about the excise fraud, but about Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who they see as a challenge to Prime Minister Modi in the 2024 general elections. Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said: “Their issue is not liquor/excise scam. Their problem is Arvind Kejriwal… whole proceedings against me, raids at my residence & office, are to stop Arvind Kejriwal… I haven’t done any corruption. I’m just Arvind Kejriwal’s Education Minister.” READ MORE
Delhi Congress leaders and workers staged a protest outside the Aam Admi Party office here on Saturday demanding the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with the alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy. The protesters marched from the Delhi Congress office at DDU Marg towards AAP headquarters raising slogans against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia.
The CBI on Friday morning carried out searches at the residences of Sisodia and IAS officer Arava Gopi Krishna apart from 19 other locations after registering an FIR in connection with the alleged corruption in implementation of the Delhi excise policy, officials said. “I want to thank the CBI for not causing any inconvenience to my family. They are good officers but they have orders from above to carry out raids,” he said during a media briefing.
The deputy CM said he has done nothing wrong and added that the CBI is being misused. He added that the CBI team came in the morning, searched his residence and seized his computer and phone. The CBI carried out searches at 31 locations across Delhi, including Sisodia’s official residence, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Bengaluru on Friday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered the FIR in connection with the alleged irregularities in formulation and execution of the Delhi Excise Policy brought in November last year, they said.
In the FIR, the probe agency claimed that liquor trader Sameer Mahendru paid Rs 5 crore to associates of Manish Sisodia.
As part of the operation, the CBI teams reached 21 locations in seven states and UTs including the premises of Sisodia and former Excise Commissioner Krishna, a 2012-batch IAS officer from the AGMUT cadre, they said. Premises of two other public servants are also being searched. The CBI has recovered incriminating documents/articles, digital records etc. after its searches at 31 locations across Delhi, including Sisodia’s official residence, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Bengaluru on Friday.
Last month, Delhi LG VK Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into the Kejriwal government’s Excise Policy, 2021-22 over alleged violations of rules and procedural lapses.
The CBI inquiry was recommended on the findings of the Delhi Chief Secretary’s report filed in July showing prima facie violations of the GNCTD Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009 and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, they said. According to officials, the report had shown prima facie violations, including “deliberate and gross procedural lapses”, to provide post-tender “undue benefits to liquor licensees” through the policy. A copy of the report was also sent to the chief minister, they said.
Apart from this there were also “deliberate and gross procedural lapses” to provide post tender “undue benefits to liquor licensees”, said the officials. Reacting to the raids, Sisodia said the CBI is welcome and asserted that the truth will come out.
In a series of tweet, the deputy chief minister said these people are troubled because of the excellent work done by the Delhi Government in health and education sectors. “That is why ministers of both departments are targeted to stop us from good work in health and education sectors,” he said referring to the arrest of Health Minister Satyendar Jain in a money laundering case.
“The allegations against both of us are lies. Truth will come out in court,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the CBI raid at his junior colleague’s house was the result of his good performance which is being appreciated globally. “The day Delhi’s Education model was appreciated and Manish Sisodia’s photo appeared on the front page of America’s biggest newspaper NYT, the Centre sent CBI at the residence of Manish. CBI is welcome. Will extend full cooperation. Earlier also there were raids and probe. Nothing came out. Nothing will come out now also,” Kejriwal tweeted.
It is alleged that undue financial favours were extended to liquor licenses after the tenders were awarded causing loss to exchequer. The excise department had give a waiver of Rs 144.36 crore to the licensees on the tendered licence fee on the excuse of COVID-19, the sources claimed, adding that it also refunded the earnest money of Rs 30 crore to the lowest bidder for the licence of the airport zone when it failed to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from airport authorities.