CBI officers were not in favor of arresting Manish Sisodia, claims Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed that most of the CBI officers were opposed to arresting his deputy Manish Sisodia but did so due to “political pressure”.

The CBI on Sunday arrested Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the now-scrapped excise policy relating to the sale of alcohol.

“I am told that most CBI officers were against Manish’s arrest. All of them have huge respect for him and there is no evidence against him. But the political pressure to arrest him was so high that they had to obey their political masters,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

The AAP has begun its nationwide protests against the arrest of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

The party’s protest outside the BJP headquarters, which was supposed to begin at noon, has been delayed as several of its leaders are yet to be released by the police after their detention last evening. MP Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai MLA Rohit Kumar Mehraulia, MLA Dinesh Mohnia, MLA Kuldeep Singh and ex-MLA Sarita Singh were among the detainees.