This Article is From Aug 21, 2022

"What's This Gimmick, Modiji?": Manish Sisodia Alleges Foreign Travel Ban

Delhi Liquor Policy Probe: The CBI sources, however, have denied the claim that a LOC was issued to 13 accused, including Manish Sisodia, restricting them from travelling abroad.

The CBI had carried out searches at the residence of Manish Sisodia on Friday

New Delhi:

Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a fresh tweet, alleging that a lookout circular (LOC) was issued against him in connection with the ongoing probe into the allegations of corruption in the liquor policy, when he is "roaming freely" in Delhi. 

Mr Sisodia tweeted, "All your raids have failed, nothing was found. Now, you have issued a lookout notice against me. What is this gimmick Modi ji? I am right here in Delhi, please tell me where should I come."

The CBI sources, however, have denied that a LOC was issued by the probe agency against Mr Sisodia, to restrict him from travelling abroad. "As of now" no Lookout Circulars (LOC) have been issued against any of the accused in the case, the officials said.

The probe agency had carried out searches at the residence of Manish Sisodia, who also handles the Excise Department, and 31 other locations across seven states on Friday over allegations of corruption in the liquor policy.

Mr Sisodia is number one on a list of 15 accused named in the CBI's FIR on liquor policy violations. The offences listed in the 11-page document are corruption, criminal conspiracy and falsification of accounts.

The BJP today alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is the "kingpin" of the excise policy "scam".

"Roots of the excise policy 'scam' lead to the doorstep of corrupt Kejriwal. No one is above law and no corrupt person will be spared," Party spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia told reporters. 

On AAP's claim of being the main challenger to the BJP in the 2024 general election, Mr Bhatia said, "Everyone knows what happened in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa polls."

On Saturday, Mr Sisodia accused the Prime Minister of "misusing the central agencies against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) because its work in the education and health sector is being discussed globally.

He alleged that the CBI officials were instructed by the "high command" to raid his home.

Mr Sisodia said the centre wanted to stop Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the AAP chief, because they see him as the main challenger to PM Modi in the upcoming general election in 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 centre was furious over the front-page shout-out to the Delhi education model in the New York Times on Thursday. 

He denied any wrongdoing and said the Excise Policy was implemented with complete transparency. The minister also said that he will most likely be arrested in the coming days, but that won't deter his party from doing the good work. 

The probe agency alleges that liquor companies and middlemen were "actively involved in irregularities in the framing and implementation" of the excise policy.

The Lieutenant Governor had recommended the CBI probe last month, accusing AAP of bringing the Excise Policy "with the sole aim" of benefiting private liquor barons for financial benefits to "individuals at the highest echelons of the government leading up to Manish Sisodia".

The policy was rolled back by Mr Sisodia in July after a probe was started initially by the Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing.