Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that the CBI raid was not against Arvind Kejriwal but against an official in his office, a claim that was rubbished by the Delhi chief minister.
The matter was raised in the Rajya Sabha by TMC member Derek O’brien who said raids on a chief minister’s office were “unprecedented in the history of modern India”.
Jaitley said, “The CBI raid has nothing to do with Kejriwal and his tenure as Delhi chief minister. The raid was done against an official who was attached to his office and that too in a matter prior to his becoming chief minister.”
The union minister was repeating the CBI’s claim that the raids were at the office of Kejriwal’s secretary Rajender Kumar, a senior IAS officer.
Shortly after Jaitley’s statement in he House, Kejriwal and other AAP leaders hit out against him and the CBI.
“FM lied in Parliament. My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Earlier, shortly after news websites and television channels flashed the CBI’s version, Kejriwal alleged that the raids were at the behest of the central government against whom he has a running battle.
“CBI lying. My own office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?” Kejriwal tweeted, implying that the agency was trying to look into his files on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s orders.
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The chief minister, who had last week acted against principal secretary Sanjay Pratap Singh over corruption charges, said the CBI should have shared with him any evidence it had against Kumar.
“I am the only CM who dismissed, on my own, a minister n a senior officer on charges of corruption and handed their cases to CBI. If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn’t they share it wid me? I wud hv acted against him,” he tweeted.
CBI sources told HT that the raids were conducted on senior bureaucrat and CM’s secretary Rajender Kumar’s office for allegedly favouring a particular firm in bagging state tenders.
They said the central agency had acted on a complaint by Ashish Joshi, former member secretary of the AAP’s Delhi Dialogue Commission.