New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday was conducting raids at 22 locations in the national capital, including the residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in connection with alleged irregularities in the now-withdrawn excise policy on liquor sales.
Reacting to the CBI raids, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the action is "welcome" and they "will cooperate fully", while expressing confidence that "nothing will come out".
A CBI team raided Manish Sisodia's residence early in the morning.
The probe teams were also raiding the houses of former Commissioner Excise E. Gopikrishan, two public servants and others.
Sisodia claimed that he was innocent and the CBI was working at the behest of the Centre.
"CBI has come. They are welcome. We are extremely honest. Making the future of millions of children. It is very unfortunate that those who do good work in our country are harassed like this. That is why our country has not yet become number-1," Manish Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
Sisodia went on to say that they will give full cooperation to the CBI so that the truth can come out soon. He said that till now many cases have been filed against him but nothing has come out.
"Nothing will come out of it either. My work cannot be stopped for good education in the country. 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 has been caught 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. Sisodia further said in his tweet in Hindi," Sisiodia said further in his tweet in Hindi.
Arvind Kejriwal on the other hand sought to underline Sisodia's work to improve schools by mentioning that the CBI raids come on "a day when the Delhi education model was praised and Manish Sisodia's picture printed on the front page of America's largest newspaper NYT (New York Times)".
The CBI has lodged an FIR in connection with the alleged irregularities in the new Excise policy case against Manish Sisodia and others. The Delhi L-G had requested the CBI to look into the matter as there were many loopholes in the liquor policy of the Delhi government.
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