The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday evening in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped excise policy for 2021-22.
Soon after his arrest, the Aam Aadmi Party came down heavily on the CBI and called it “height of dictatorship”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the arrest of his deputy, Sisodia, by the CBI is dirty politics and asserted that he was innocent.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh on Sunday said, “Sisodia’s arrest is the height of dictatorship. You have arrested a good person and best education minister which is not the right thing, Modi ji. God will not forgive you. One day, your dictatorship will definitely end, Modi ji.”
Party spokesperson and MLA Atishi said Sisodia was arrested because of growing popularity of the party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal.
On the other hand, leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said that Sisodia’s arrest is law taking its course, which is not surprising as a liquor scam worth thousands of rupees has taken place in the national capital.
In a statement, the LoP asserted that now Sisodia will have to answer all the questions and clear the role of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in this scam.
“Law is taking its course and that is why Sisodia has been arrested. There is nothing surprising in this. Thousands of rupees liquor scam was done in Delhi and from the arrests made so far, it was believed that Manish Sisodia would also be arrested eventually,” he said in a statement.
“The Delhi government had to withdraw the excise policy due to the liquor scam,” the BJP leader added.
Sisodia was arrested after nearly eight hours of questioning as his answers were not satisfactory, officials said.
The AAP leader arrived at the CBI headquarters around 11.12 am for the second round of questioning.
The AAP leader, the accused number one in the CBI FIR, was first questioned on October 17.
(With PTI inputs)