CBI raided my office: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused the CBI of raiding his office in search of a file related to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley rubbished the allegation.
House of CM's secretary searched, not CMO
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused the CBI of raiding his office in search of a file related to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley rubbished the allegation.
"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. The Central Bureau of Investigation, however, denied raiding Kejriwal's office. “We have conducted raids at 14 different places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, including the house of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's secretary, after obtaining warrants from a court,” the CBI said, terming as baseless the reports that the Chief Minister's Office was among these.
"The CBI has registered a case against a senior civil servant of the Delhi government and six others on the allegation that during the period 2007 to 2014, he, along with others, abused his official position in awarding contracts from the Delhi Government to a private firm.
The visibly furious Chief Minister said the CBI was lying because its officers did search his office. He said his office didn't maintain files beyond 10-15 days old. "If they were looking for files of 2007-14 period, what were they looking for in my office?" They wanted, Kejriwal said, a report of the commission that had probed on his instructions the affairs of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), which he alleged was a den of corruption. Jaitley had been involved for a long time with the DDCA, he said.
"They wanted the file of DDCA... Jaitley figures in it. They came looking for that file," Kejriwal told reporters outside the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, where AAP leaders met earlier in the day. He pointed out that Kumar had held senior positions in the departments of education, IT and VAT. "If they were looking for proof of corruption, they should be looking for the concerned files in those departments."But I do not think the (CBI) action is to check (corrupt) contracts. If he had given out contracts wrongly, those departments should have been raided. The files (related to his alleged corruption) are there."
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.