Kejriwal Drags Jaitley Into CBI Raid Fiasco, Vows To Expose Corruption

16/12/2015 6:34 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal talking with media person outside the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on CBI raid on office of his Principal Secretary on December 15, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Enraged over this issue, Kejriwal claimed that his office was raided by CBI team allegedly on the orders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The central government rejected saying that it has no role to play in the raid. CBI investigators searched the office of Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Delhi government, situated near Kejriwal's office in connection with corruption case. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Upping the ante against the central government today, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the Central Bureau of Investigation had seized documents from the Delhi Secretariat, which had nothing do with allegations of corruption against a senior bureaucrat in his office.

The CBI claims that its raid on Tuesday targeted Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, who allegedly set up various companies to award work orders without issuing tenders, resulting in financial losses.

But Kejriwal has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of unleashing the investigative agency against him, and to whisk away files which could prove financial irregularities in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) when it was headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely.

Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for over a decade till 2013, has rubbished Kejriwal's claim. CBI has categorically denied taking documents which were not related to the probe against Kumar.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party has asked Kejriwal to apologise for calling Modi a "psychopath and coward," the chief minister has accused Modi of using the CBI to carry out his personal vendetta against political opponents.

This latest round of sparring is the ugliest episode of the year-long turf war between the Centre and the Delhi government, which has played out since the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in February after handing a crushing defeat to the BJP and the Congress Party.

The BJP has accused Kejriwal of blocking the corruption probe against a senior official in his government.

Since the allegations against Kumar go back several years to 2007, Kejriwal has questioned why the CBI chose to conduct its raid on Tuesday.

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