The CBI searched Manish Sisodia’s house and 30 other places on Friday in connection with suspected corruption in the execution of the Delhi Excise Policy.
CBI agents collected various papers, a data dump, and technological gadgets with them after roughly 15 hours of raids. Officials also confiscated financial records related to Manish Sisodia from his home.
The searches on the residences of the Delhi deputy chief minister, former excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna, and 29 other locations occurred after CBI agents filed an FIR for suspected corruption and bribery in the creation and implementation of the liquor policy.
According to the FIR filed by the investigation agency, a liquor seller gave Rs 1 crore in cash to Manish Sisodia’s aide. Sources told media agency that if Manish Sisodia does not help with the investigation, he faces arrest.
The whole scenario:
1) Manish Sisodia “welcomed” CBI officers when they searched his house and other sites in the corruption investigation on Friday morning. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the raids, alleging that they were ordered from on high.
2) In the aftermath of the searches, Sisodia accused the CBI of being controlled “from above.” “We’ve done nothing wrong. We are not scared. We have done our best for the people. My phone and PC were taken by the CBI. I have the blessing of lakhs of students’ families. We will not cease providing good service through good hospitals and schools “Sisodia said.
3) According to the CBI FIR obtained by news agency, at least two payments in crores were allegedly made to Sisodia’s “close associates” by Sameer Mahendru, owner of Indospirits, who was one of the liquor traders actively involved in irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the excise policy.
4) The FIR further claimed that Sisodia’s “close allies” Amit Arora, director of Buddy Retail, Dinesh Arora, and Arjun Pandey were actively involved in handling and diverting the undue financial benefit obtained from liquor licenses for the accused public workers, based on source information.
5) According to the FIR, Mahendru gave Radha Industries, controlled by Dinesh Arora, Rs 1 crore. Pandey, a Sisodia colleague, once accepted cash from Mahendru on behalf of Vijay Nair, who disbursed the payments to the accused public workers.
6) A total of 15 persons, including Manish Sisodia, are implicated in the FIR for criminal conspiracy and violating the Prevention of Corruption Act.
7) L-1 licenses are provided for the wholesale sales of Indian liquor, according to the Delhi government website. According to the CBI, private parties channeled unlawful proceeds from the aforementioned crimes to the public personnel involved by creating fraudulent entries in their books of accounts.
8) Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal praised his deputy as the world’s finest education minister and brought out a front-page New York Times piece about “Delhi’s education revolution.”
9) The BJP labeled the New York Times report as “paid.” Anurag Thakur, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, called the deputy chief minister an “excuse minister” after the latter stated he was “suffering the price for honesty.”
“Today’s topic is liquor licenses and their corruption. Manish Sisodia is the minister in question. On the day the investigation was handed over to the CBI, he altered the excise policy. Why did this action take place? Because of bribery in the issue of liquor licenses, “Thakur made the announcement in a statement.
10) The Excise Policy, based on an expert committee report, went into effect on November 17 of last year, and retail licenses were awarded to private bidders for 849 merchants around the city, divided into 32 zones.