Kejriwal says CBI raid for Jaitley file, BJP leader rubbishes charge
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the CBI on Tuesday of raiding his office in search of a file related to finance minister Arun Jaitley and corruption in the Delhi cricket board, hours after branding Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “psychopath”.india Updated: Dec 15, 2015 21:15 IST
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the CBI on Tuesday of raiding his office in search of a file related to finance minister Arun Jaitley and corruption in the Delhi cricket board, hours after branding Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “psychopath”.
Jaitley dismissed the allegations as “rubbish”.
“Rajendra (Kumar) is an excuse, Kejriwal is the target,” he said, referring to the chief minister’s principal secretary who the CBI alleged was involved in corruption.
Rejecting the allegations, Jaitley said: “This morning’s statement appeared to be prima facie incorrect. But the evening one seemed to be absolutely rubbish and I do not think I need to respond to this rubbish,” Jaitley said.
Kejriwal said his government had set up an inquiry committee to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association which had submitted its report and he was to set up a commission of inquiry to carry out a detailed probe into the wrongdoings.
“Jaitley was the DDCA president for many years and I had set up a committee to probe all the corruption that has taken place during his tenure. The committee has submitted its report and a commission of inquiry was to be set up over it, and a file pertaining to it was in my office,” alleged Kejriwal.
The CBI had earlier clarified it carried out searches at the office of Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajender Kumar’s office at the Delhi secretariat and not that of the chief minister. The action was in connection with allegations against Kumar of favouring private companies in awarding government contracts between 2007 and 2014.
Kejriwal also demanded to know why ministers in the previous Congress government and other officers who also signed the supposedly corrupt contracts approved by Kumar were not raided.
Speaking in his characteristic style, Kejriwal said he was firmly opposed to corruption and he would not mind sending his own son to jail if he indulged in corruption.
“Let me tell you Modi ji, you may frighten others with CBI raids. You can’t frighten me.”
Responding to criticism that he erred by calling Modi “a coward and a psychopath”, Kejriwal said he may have used inappropriate language. But he said he would apologise only if Modi did so.
“The prime minister must apologise for his deeds. Then I will apologise for my words.”
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published: Dec 15, 2015 21:13 IST