With CBI visiting AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence to seek clarification on certain issues on Friday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came in news once again for wrong reasons. While the CBI claimed there was no raid or search at Sisodia’s residence, AAP described the CBI questioning Manish Sisodia as a raid. “While CM .@ArvindKejriwal is busy inspecting hospitals, centre busy victimising! CBI raids at Dy CMs residence!” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s media advisor Arunoday Prakash tweeted. “Earlier CM .@ArvindKejriwal ‘s office was raided! Centre using caged parrot to victimise voices of dissent! #RIPDemocracy,” he said in another tweet. In contrast, CBI told PTI, “No raid or search at premises of Manish Sisodia. CBI visit is to seek clarification on certain issues relating to an ongoing Enquiry.”
The CBI’s visit to Sisodia’s residence has put the focus back on many legal battles AAP leaders are fighting. Here we take a look at five such cases:
Case against Manish Sisodia
In January 2017, CBI registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged irregularities in the ‘Talk To AK’ campaign of Delhi government. The CBI acted on a complaint filed by Vigilance department of the Delhi government which said that a consultant was hired to promote “Talk to AK” (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and Rs 1.5 crore was expected to be the used for this purpose. The complaint alleged Delhi Principal Secretary had raised his objections to this but the government did not pay heed, putting Sisodia under the scanner. On June 16, 2017, CBI recorded Sisodia’s statement at his residence in this matter.
Satyendra Jain money laundering case
In April this year, CBI initiated a probe into a money laundering case against Jain. The case was referred to CBI by the IT department under the new Benami Transactions Prohibitions Act. Satyendra Jain has allegedly been involved in a money laundering case of Rs 4.63 crore through firms like Akinchand developers private limited, Prayas Info Solutions private limited and Managalyatan projects private limited in 2015-16. There was also allegations of laundering Rs 11.78 crore through these companies and Indometal Impex Pvt Limited against him in 2010-12 .
Water Tanker Scam case
The Rs 400-crore scam is about the alleged irregularities in hiring of private tankers by Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government in Delhi to supply water to areas not covered by Delhi Jal Board network. After coming to power in Delhi, the AAP government had set up a five-member fact-finding committee in 2015 to probe the irregularities. This committee was headed by Kapil Mishra. In its report, the committee claimed an that an estimated Rs 400-crore scam took place in 2012 as the Sheila Dikshit government practiced favouritism in hiring tankers. Mishra reportedly wrote to Arvind Kejriwal and apprised him of the possible involvement of AAP ministers in the scam.
Delhi ACB registered a case against Sheila Dikshit and Arvind Kejriwal in June 2016.
Office of profit case against 21 AAP MLAs
21 AAP MLAs are facing disqualification in an office of profit case. The 21 AAP MLAs were appointed as parliamentary secretaries by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The controversy erupted after Kejriwal made appointments in March 2015 and his government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, in June 2015 to exempt the post of parliamentary secretary from the definition of office of profit with retrospective effect.
The Election Commission has reserved its verdict in the case.
Arvind Kejriwal defamation cases
AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is facing two Rs 10 crore defamation suits filed by BJP leader and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley. While the first suit was filed by Jaitly after AAP leaders including Kejriwal claimed in December 2015 that the BJP leader was indulged in corruption as the president of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a post he had held from 2000 to 2013. Another suit was filed last month by Jaitley over the use of an objectionable word by Kejriwal’s lawyer during the hearing of the first suit in Delhi High Court.