CBI raids Manish Sisodia’s residence, other places in excise policy case

"We are honest, building a future for lakhs of children. Unfortunate that in this country, whoever does good work is hassled just like this," tweets the Delhi Deputy CM

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CBI officers at the residence of Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister. Pic: Twitter/ANI

The CBI on Friday morning (August 19) conducted raids at several locations including residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in an excise policy case.

The search teams reached 21 locations, including the premises of four public servants including Sisodia and former Excise Commissioner Krishna, a 2012-batch IAS officer from the AGMUT cadre, they said.

The CBI has registered an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in formulation and execution of Delhi Excise Policy brought in November last year, they said. Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into the state government’s Excise Policy, 2021-22, over alleged violations of rules and procedural lapses.

Sisodia said he would co-operate and the “truth will come out”. He said it is unfortunate that those who perform in the country are harassed like this.

“CBI has arrived. We are honest, building a future for lakhs of children. Unfortunate that in this country, whoever does good work is hassled just like this, that is why our country is still not number-1,” tweeted Sisodia as the CBI team reached his residence.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too said that they will co-operate, and nothing will come out this time as well.

Earlier, he shared the news that the New York Times had featured the Delhi education model in its international edition.

Describing Manish Sisodia as the best education minister of Independent India, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Friday said the CBI raid at the Delhi Deputy Chief Ministers residence was the reward for the Delhi governments good performance being appreciated globally.

“Manish Sisodia is the best education minister of Independent India. Today the largest US newspaper NYT printed his photo on the front page. And today Modi ji sent CBI to his house. How will India progress like this?” Mann said in a tweet in Hindi.

(Details awaited)

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