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CBI Rejects AAP Allegations, Says Efforts Being Made To Discredit Agency And Obstruct Probe

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: CBI team taking Rajendra Kumar Gupta for questioning during the raid at his house at New Friends Colony on December 15, 2015 in New Delhi, India. CBI today set off a political storm when it carried out raids in 14 places in a corruption case against Rajendra Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary and six others. (Photo by Abhinav Saha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Rejecting the allegations made by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi Government; the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said that they did not conduct the raid at the Chief Minister's Office, adding that efforts were being made to discredit the investigation agency.

"Blatant incorrect information is being spread by certain quarters since yesterday to discredit agency with intent to obstruct investigation. CBI categorically denies having seized any material during searches which are not relevant to investigation. Seizures during searches at all places were in presence of independent witnesses, as per procedure," CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh told media.

"The search cum seizure memo containing details of all seized items will be produced before the competent Court. The CBI has already clarified that office of Chief Minister was neither searched nor sealed. The CBI neither prevented nor disallowed any person in their movement to various offices in Delhi Secretariat including CM Office, except the office chamber of his Secretary, Rajinder Kumar and that of his Personal Assistant," she added.

"It is relevant in this context that earlier in case of Sanjay Pratap Singh, Principal Secretary, Government of NCT, no functionary of Delhi Government ever contacted or was ever in touch with CBI. Entire operation of laying trap and arrest of SP Singh was conducted by CBI on its own after receipt of complaint followed by independent verification," Singh said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar was on Wednesday again questioned by the CBI in connection with a corruption case. Earlier, he was questioned by the CBI for about seven hours late on Tuesday night after the probe agency sleuths raided his office at the Delhi Secretariat.

Kumar has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy, and also under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs. 9.5 crores during 2007-14.

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