Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena on Tuesday expressed "grave objection" over "deliberately misleading" and "baseless" allegations levelled by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia against his predecessor Anil Baijal amid the excise policy row.
Mr Saxena also advised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to ensure his colleagues refrain from such "petty behaviour", the Raj Niwas said on Twitter.
Manish Sisodia, who also heads the excise department, had last Saturday accused Anil Baijal of changing his stand on the excise policy and blocking liquor vends in non-conforming areas of Delhi by putting a condition.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Baijal rejected as "baseless and motivated" charges levelled against him by Mr Sisodia and said it was an attempt by a "desperate man to save his own skin".
"LG Shri V K Saxena, having read the clear & categorical statement issued by former LG, Sri Anil Baijal, expressed grave objection to the deliberately misleading, baseless & motivated allegations made by Shri Manish Sisodia & other AAP leaders against Shri Baijal over last few days," the Raj Niwas said in a tweet.
"Shri Saxena has advised the Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal to ensure that his colleagues in the Government and party, refrain from such petty behaviour and statements," it said.
Mr Saxena has recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22 and approved suspension of several excise officials.
The Delhi government has already rolled back the policy.
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