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'Sad for the country..': Arvind Kejriwal on CBI FIR against Manish Sisodia

Mar 16, 2023 03:15 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal's comments came after the CBI registered a fresh corruption case against Manish Sisodia in the 'Feedback Unit' case.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday hit out at prime minister Narendra Modi after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a fresh corruption case against Aam Aadmi Party leader and former deputy CM Manish Sisodia. Kejriwal declared Modi had plans to 'slap several false cases' against Sisodia and keep him in custody for a long time.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(PTI)

"PM's plan is to slap several false cases against Manish and keep him in custody for a long period. Sad for the country!" Kejriwal, who has faced calls for resignation, tweeted.

The CBI's second case - the first was over the liquor excise policy in the national capital, in connection with Sisodia is now in Tihar Jail - was in reference to allegations the AAP in 2015 created a 'special feedback unit' that illegally snooped on rivals and government officials.

Five others have been named in the CBI's FIR on the 'feedback unit' case.

They are: Sukesh Kumar Jain, 1992 batch IRS office who was then Secretary (Vigilance) in Delhi government; Rakesh Kumar Sinha, CISF Deputy Inspector General (retd) who was Kejriwal's Special Advisor and Joint Director of the unit; Pradeep Kumar Punj, Intelligence Bureau Joint Director and the unit's Deputy Director; Satish Khetrapal, ex-CISF Assistant Commandant and Gopal Mohan, who was Kejriwal's Advisor (Anti-Corruption).

Sisodia has been named as 'accused No 1'.

On February 22, the union home minister granted the CBI permission to prosecute Sisodia - the minister in-charge of vigilance over allegations of collecting 'political intelligence'.

What is the 'feedback unit case'?

In 2015 - shortly after the AAP won its first full term in Delhi - the new government set up a 'feedback unit' to gather 'actionable feedback on various departments, autonomous bodies, institutions and entities in its jurisdiction' and also to probe corruption cases.

The CBI has alleged no cabinet note was moved and no sanction was taken from Najeeb Jung, who was then Delhi's Lieutenant Governor. The CBI has alleged no recruitment rules were framed for the posts and 17 retired personnel were recruited without approval from Jung.

The unit began functioning in February 2016, with a budget of 1 crore from a secret expenditure fund, the CBI has further claimed, noting the unit probed 700 cases in eight months, of which at least 40 per cent were related to gathering political intel and snooping.

"FBU was willfully created, staffed, funded and incentivised out of public exchequer in an irregular manner by Sisodia... in violation of rules and without mandatory approvals, by abuse of their official position and with a dishonest intention," the CBI said in today's FIR.

The FBU was shut a few months later.

Where is Sisodia now?

Sisodia is currently in Tihar Jail after the CBI arrested him in February over irregularities in the Delhi liquor excise policy; the agency has claimed AAP leaders were given 100 crore kickbacks for favouring a set of liquor businessmen and politicians.

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