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Fear of losing Punjab polls leading BJP to trouble AAP: JD (U)

punjab Updated: Jul 05, 2016 18:55 IST
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Senior Janata Dal-United leader KC Tyagi(HT File Photo)

Hinting at a “conspiracy” behind the arrest of Delhi chief minister’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar by the Crime Branch of India (CBI), the Janata Dal (United) said on Tuesday the BJP-led government was “troubling” AAP-led government as they feared losing Punjab assembly polls.

“This is a big conspiracy against Delhi government and the AAP. We condemn it,” JD (U) leader KC Tyagi told ANI.

The squabble between AAP-led Delhi government and BJP-led Centre reached a new level when the CBI arrested Kumar and four others in connection with a corruption case.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia launched a tirade against the Centre over the issue on Monday and said it clearly indicated that the ruling dispensation has been trying to paralyse the CM’s office, as they feared defeat at the hands of the AAP in the upcoming assembly polls.

Tyagi came out in strong support on Sisodia and said, “I agree with Manish Sisodia. This is undemocratic and dictatorial. Our party is fully with AAP in this.”

Earlier, the CBI said Kumar was charged with misusing his official position to award contracts to Endeavour Systems Pvt Ltd and securing government tenders worth Rs 9.5 crore between 2007 and 2014 for the company.

According to CBI sources, Kumar has emerged as the kingpin of the 50 crore scam which first started activity in 2006.

Kumar had moved an appeal before a special court in March this year seeking the release of his laptop, iPad and cash seized by the CBI.

A trial court had ordered the de-freezing of two bank accounts of the company in April. The Delhi high court had then stayed the trial court’s order allowing for de-freezing of its accounts .

The CBI had raided Kumar’s office in December last year at the Delhi secretariat in connection with this case.