This Article is From Jan 20, 2016

Delhi Secretariat Raid: Arvind Kejriwal Demands Explanation From PM's Office

Delhi Secretariat Raid: Arvind Kejriwal Demands Explanation From PM's Office

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded an explanation from the PMO for the raid at Delhi Secretariat.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today demanded an explanation from the PMO for the raid at Delhi Secretariat on the ground that it reports to the Prime Minister, on a day a city court directed CBI to return to the AAP government documents seized in the raid.

Lashing out at CBI, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia even demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the "politically-motivated" action was carried out at his behest to defame the Chief Minister's Office.

Sources said the Delhi government is contemplating to move court seeking "strict action" against the CBI officers who were part of the raid at the Delhi Secretariat on December 15.

"After today's CBI court order directing release of docs seized from CMO (Chief Minister's Office), PMO owes an explanation to the nation since CBI reports to PM," Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

Claiming that the court order is vindication of Delhi government's stand on the raid, Mr Sisodia demanded that there should be action against CBI officers who were part of the raid.

"The Prime Minister should apologise to the country for the politically-motivated raid. Action should also be taken against the officers who misled the PM and raided Kejriwal's office and took wrong files from there. The raid was to defame the office of Chief Minister."

Earlier, CBI came under a scathing attack from the city court which directed it to return documents sought by the Delhi government seized during recent raids on the office of Mr Kejriwal's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, saying the agency "cannot be clothed with divine powers" to flout its own rules.

"From the day one, we have been repeatedly saying that the CBI's raid was politically motivated. With the court order today, it has been proved now. The court has also observed that this raid was at the CM's office.

"In court, CBI failed to prove the connection between allegations relating to an issue from 2007 to 2013 to the files of 2015-16 based on which they carried out the raid," Mr Sisodia said.

He claimed the files CBI had seized included those belonging to IT, Food & Supply and Transport Departments besides the In and Out registers of CMO and some files relating to transfer and postings.

CBI had raided Mr Kumar's office during which entry of officials and staff was banned on third floor from where Mr Kejriwal runs his government.

The agency had registered a case against Mr Kumar and others on the allegations that he had abused his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments".

The CBI raid was strongly criticised by Mr Kejriwal who held the Prime Minister responsible for the action and said it was meant to target him and not his principal secretary. He even called PM Modi a "coward and psychopath".

CBI had earlier told the court that the raid at Mr Kumar's office was not aimed at the Delhi government but against an alleged corrupt officer who had misused his official position.

The case against Mr Kumar was lodged for alleged offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.