CBI officers have started conducting raids at Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s residence. The investigative agency conducting raids at 21 places across Delhi-NCR linked to a liquor policy scam were recommended by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena. He recommended the CBI probe after the Delhi Chief Secretary filed a report in July which showed violations of various rules, in addition to “deliberate and gross procedural lapses” to provide post-tender “undue benefits to liquor licensees”.
Manish Sisodia took to Twitter to say that “your conspiracies will not break me”
The Lieutenant Governor had alleged that the new excise policy was implemented “with the sole aim” of benefitting private liquor barons for financial benefits to individuals at the highest echelons of the government leading up to Manish Sisodia. . The probe agency is searching Manish Sisodia’shome over allegations of corruption in the Delhi Excise Policy or liquor policy. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener Arvind Kejriwal said that the probe agency officials did not find anything against his government during the earlier searches, and nothing will come out this time as well. Kejriwal too came to Sisodia’s support immediately on twitter.
Following the recommendation of a CBI probe by Mr Saxena, the Delhi government announced its decision to revert to its old liquor sale policy for six months on July 30. The AAP had claimed that Mr Saxena was acting as per the direction of the centre. The new Excise Policy 2021-22 was implemented on November 17 last year under which retail licences were given to private bidders for 849 vends across the city divided into 32 zones.