CBI Raid Has Nothing To Do With Kejriwal Or His Tenure, Says Arun Jaitley

15/12/2015 2:38 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 4: (Editor's Note: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley speaks during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on December 4, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- With the Opposition attacking the BJP-led government over CBI raids on Delhi government offices, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office was not raided and the action was related to a graft case registered before the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power.

"The Chief Minister's Office has not been raided. The raid has nothing to do with Arvind Kejriwal or his tenure.

There is a corruption case against an officer of Delhi government. The raid is in relation to that officer. It is the officer (office) that has been searched," Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha amid noisy protests by opposition members.

An angry Opposition however forced three adjournments in the House over the issue by shouting slogans, alleging an "attack on federal structure" and an "undeclared Emergency" in the country.

Jaitley, the Leader of the House, also said that the case against the officer related to a period before Kejriwal's tenure.

Attacking the government over the issue, Derek O'Brien (TMC) alleged that this was an "undeclared Emergency" in the country that the office of Delhi Chief Minister was being raided.

"This is not a party issue. This is about the federal structure of the country. This is a federal issue," O'Brien said as some TMC members shouted slogans and entered the Well.

Members of Left parties and JD-U were also standing in their seats when the issue was raised.

Congress members, who had earlier forced an adjournment in the House raising questions over Arunachal Pradesh Governor's role, again trooped into the Well raising anti- government slogans.

Jaitley said the TMC leader has "not been correctly informed" on the raid and insisted that "corruption is not an issue of federalism."

As the din continued, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House till noon.

When the House reassembled, O'Brien again raked up the issue saying there has been a raid in the precincts of the Chief Minister's Office.

Jaitley retorted saying that the TMC member earlier said that the Chief Minister's office was raided and has now changed it to the precincts of the CM's office. "You are camouflaging corruption," he said wondering whether corruption was a federal issue for Trinamool Congress.

Accusing the government of "murdering Constitution", Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said "save the elected non-BJP state governments from this BJP government (at Centre)", as Congress members kept shouting slogans like "stop the murder of democracy" and "stop the murder of Constitution".

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