CBI summoning govt officials through phone, says Kejriwal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2016 00:23 IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that his staff was summoned over the phone by the CBI. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday the Central Bureau of Investigation did not follow proper procedure in summoning his officials.

Kejriwal tweeted that CBI had been issuing ‘informal’ summons to his office staff through phone, instead of issuing written notices, in connection with the raid conducted at Delhi secretariat on December 15, 2015.

“CBI summons Delhi CM’s staff “informally” on phone without notice. Staff of other ministers called earlier like this,” (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.

According to senior officials from the Delhi government, the CM’s staff was summoned over the phone on Monday. Kejriwal has in the past alleged that officers and staff members of his cabinet colleagues too were summoned by CBI sleuths informally. No notice was served to them too.

The AAP government functionaries alleged that officers were harassed by the CBI by being made to sit in the CBI office for hours and then sent back.

CBI sources, on the other hand, said that the Delhi government was aware of the fact that the agency had called three officials of the Delhi secretariat this week in its corruption probe against IAS officer Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Kejriwal.

“A deputy secretary working in the general administration department of the Delhi government had sent a letter to a CBI SP on Monday, requesting for ensuring that the three secretariat officials were questioned in a staggered manner and not on the same day. His point was that their questioning on the same day would disrupt the day-to-day work at the CM’s office,” said a CBI source.

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