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Manish Sisodia CBI raid Highlights
- CBI raided Manish Sisodia residence in a case on liquor policy.
- The Delhi deputy CM has been named as an accused in the case along with 14 others.
- The probe agency’s FIR claimed that a liquor trader paid Rs 1 crore in cash to Manish Sisodia’s aide.
Why CBI is probing Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
In connection with allegations of corruption in the execution of the Delhi Excise Policy, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at Manish Sisodia house and 30 other places on Friday.
Several papers, data dumps, and electronic devices were taken by CBI agents after approximately 15 hours of raids from Manish Sisodia’s home, the authorities also recovered financial records connected to him.
After filing an FIR for suspected corruption and bribery in the creation and implementation of the liquor policy, the CBI sleuths conducted searches at the house of the Delhi deputy chief minister, the former excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna, and 29 other locations.
According to the FIR filed by the investigating agency, a liquor seller gave Manish Sisodia’s assistant Rs 1 crore in cash. Manish Sisodia faces the possibility of being arrested if he refuses to comply with the investigation.
Manish Sisodia “supported” CBI agents as they went through his house and other places across 30 different locations on Friday morning as part of the corruption investigation. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) expressed outrage and claimed that orders “from above” were responsible for the raids.
Sisodia said that the raids were influenced by politics of revenge and claimed that the CBI was under “above” control.
“Nothing we’ve done is incorrect. We’re not scared. For the people, we have done our best job. My PC and phone were taken by the CBI. I have the support of lakhs of students’ families. We’ll keep providing excellent care through excellent hospitals and schools, and we won’t stop “said Sisodia.
The founder of Indospirits, Sameer Mahendru, is said to have made at least two payments totaling crores to “close allies” of Sisodia. Mahendru was one of the liquor retailers actively involved in irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the taxation policy.
According to the FIR’s source information, Sisodia’s “close allies” Amit Arora, director of Buddy Retail, Dinesh Arora, and Arjun Pandey were actively involved in handling and diverting the undue pecuniary advantage acquired from liquor license holders for the accused public officials.
According to the FIR, Mahendru reportedly gave Radha Industries, controlled by Dinesh Arora, Rs 1 crore. On behalf of Vijay Nair, who delivered the money to the accused public workers, Pandey once obtained money from Mahendru totaling between Rs 2 and 4 crore. Pandey is a close friend of Sisodia’s.
Manish Sisodia is one of a total of 15 persons mentioned in the FIR in connection with a criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
On the website of the Delhi government, L1 licenses are given for the wholesale supply of Indian alcoholic beverages. According to the CBI, private parties channeled the illicit earnings from the aforementioned crimes to the affected public employees by making fraudulent entries in their books of accounts.
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, praised his deputy as the finest education minister in the entire world while pointing to a front-page page article on “Delhi’s education revolution” in the New York Times.
The NYT piece was labeled “paid” by the BJP. Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, stated the deputy chief minister had turned into an “excuse minister” after the latter claimed he was “paying the price for honesty.”
“Today, the corruption around liquor licensing is the problem. Manish Sisodia is the minister who is in question. The day the investigation was turned over to the CBI, he changed the excise policy. What motivated this action? Because liquor licenses were granted in a corrupt manner, “In a statement, Thakur stated.
The Excise Policy, developed by the recommendations of an expert group, went into effect on November 17 of last year, and 849 vendors in 32 zones around the city received retail licenses as a result.
However, the CBI probe on Manish Sisodia can be broadly divided into seven categories.
- One-time waiver of Rs 143.46 crore to the liquor lobby who applied for a license fee tender.
- How the policy was tweaked to show there was illegality in this decision
- Waiver of Rs 30 crore to liquor licensees at the airport instead of forfeiting it
- Reducing the price of imported beer
- Giving more time to previous licensee holder
- Deferred coercive action against L7Z licensees in case of defaulting on license fee
- No penal action against licensees for violation of Delhi Excise rules
Manish Sisodia on Twitter
The Delhi deputy CM posted a number of tweets on the CBI raids. “We welcome CBI. Will give full cooperation in the investigation so that the truth can come out soon. Till now, many cases have been filed against me but nothing has come out. Nothing will come out of it either. My work cannot be stopped for good education in the country,” he wrote.
He also wrote, “These people are troubled by the excellent work of Delhi’s education and health. That is why the Health Minister and Education Minister of Delhi have been arrested so that the good work of education health can be stopped. There are false allegations against both of us. The truth will come out in court.”