Delhi Liquor Policy Probe: However, CBI sources have refuted the claim that a LOC was issued to ban 13 accused, including Manish Sisodia, from traveling abroad.
Delhi Liquor Policy Probe: Manish Sisodia Banned from Traveling Abroad
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a new tweet, alleging that a Lookout Circular (LoC) was issued against him in connection with the ongoing probe into allegations of corruption in liquor policy when he was roaming around were independently” in Delhi.
Mr Sisodia tweeted, “All your raids failed, nothing found. Now, you have issued a lookout notice against me. What is this gimmick Modi ji? I am here in Delhi, please tell me where to come should.”
Delhi Liquor Policy Probe: However, CBI sources have denied that a LoC was issued by the probe agency against Mr. Sisodia to prohibit foreign travel.
The probe on allegations of corruption in liquor policy had on Friday raided the residence of Manish Sisodia in the Excise Department and 31 other places in seven states.
Mr Sisodia is at number one in the list of 15 accused named in the CBI FIR on liquor policy violations. The offenses listed in the 11-page document are corruption, criminal conspiracy and misappropriation of accounts.
On Saturday, Mr Sisodia alleged that the BJP-ruled central government and the Prime Minister are “misusing central agencies against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as its work in the education and health sector is being discussed globally.
He alleged that the CBI officers were directed by the “high command” to raid his house.
Mr Sisodia said the Center wants to stop Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the AAP chief, as they see him as the main challenger to PM Modi in the upcoming general election of 2024.
“The 2024 election will be a battle between the AAP and the BJP,” he said.
Mr Sisodia, Mr Kejriwal and other party leaders have claimed that the Center was angry at the shouting at the front page of the Delhi Education Model in the New York Times on Thursday.
He denied any wrongdoing and said that the excise policy was implemented with complete transparency. The minister also said that he would be arrested in the coming days, but that would not stop his party from doing good work.
The probe agency alleges that liquor companies and middlemen were “actively involved in irregularities in formulation and implementation” of the excise policy.
The Lt Governor had last month recommended a CBI probe, accusing the AAP of “sole purpose” to benefit private liquor businessmen for financial gain to “those in the highest positions of the government going up to Manish Sisodia”. Along with the excise policy.
The policy was withdrawn by Mr Sisodia in July after the Economic Offenses Wing of the Delhi Police initially launched an investigation.