Setback for Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP govt, CBI registers cases against Dy CM Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain

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Updated: January 18, 2017 11:31:37 PM

In a major setback to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered cases against some of the top ministers over alleged wrongdoing.

Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendra Jain, Manish Sisodia, Aam Aadmi Party, CBI, TalkToAK, Saumya Jain, Mohalla ClinicThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered cases against some of the top ministers of AAP over alleged wrongdoing. (Reuters)

In a major setback to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered cases against some of the top ministers over alleged wrongdoing. While the biggest blow came when a case was registered against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, another was was also logged against kin of Satyendra Jain. While allegations of corruption and nepotism have been flying thick and fast ever since the Kejriwal government took office, this step by the CBI has brought the cases right to the doorstep of the top echelons of the government.

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The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry against Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged irregularities in the so-called TalkToAK campaign. The complaint was filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government and it said that a consultant of a public relations company 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. CBI alleged that the Principal Secretary had raised his objects but the government did not pay heed. This has put Sisodia under the scanner. Sisodia on his part reacted by tweeting, “Welcome Modiji. Take the challenge. I will wait for your CBI at my home and office tomorrow morning.” This was followed by another from Kejriwal: “Wow Modiji! You take bribe and register cases against us. Steal and also be audacious about it. This is why I call you a coward. When you are losing Goa and Punjab, you have started the CBI game”. He added another post: “It seems Modiji has lost it. Prime Minister of the country has only this to do. He is after us”

On the other hand, CBI has also registered a PE in the appointment of Saumya Jain, AAP minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter, who was appointed as advisor to Delhi government’s Mohalla Clinic project.

The move had led to the Lt Governor’s office recommending a CBI probe in the matter. Jain had earlier rejected the allegation of favouritism, saying she had worked voluntarily and not a single paisa was given to her. She had then quit in July after nepotism accusations arose. Jain had then retorted, “We have done nothing wrong. She was not given a single paisa. She had offered to work voluntarily and we had taken her service. Let them probe the matter”.

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