Hours after CBI raided Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence, Delhi Police imposed Section 144 around Supreme Court and in the New Delhi district. Earlier, the section had been imposed around Sisodia’s residence and the Mathura road area.
The CBI on Friday morning searched 21 locations, including the residence of Sisodia, in connection with its probe into alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy.
Protestors had gathered outside the deputy CM’s residence, and around 70-80 of them, including four AAP MLAs and one former MLA, were detained by Delhi Police.
“We welcome CBI. Will give full cooperation in the investigation so that the truth can come out soon. Till now, many cases have been filed against me, but nothing has come out. Nothing will come out of it either. My work for good education in the country cannot be stopped,” Sisodia said. “It is very unfortunate that those who do good work in our country are harassed like this. That is why our country has not yet become No 1.”
The CBI claimed that during the raid seized incriminating documents and electronic devices from the residence of Sisodia.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal supporting Sisodia has said, “No need to panic by CBI raid, let them do their work. They have orders from above to harass us.”
Later, while addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said, “Today, Manish Sisodia was declared the best education minister in the world and look, the CBI is raiding him today. There will be several roadblocks. This is not the first raid on Manish Sisodia. There have been several false cases — against him, Satyendar Jain,Kailash Gehlot and against Sisodia. They will not find anything. Let CBI do its job, they have orders from the top.”
He further said, “In the last 7 yrs, several raids were conducted on Manish Sisodia. Several false cases were lodged against him. Raids were conducted on me as well, but nothing was found.”