CBI registers preliminary enquiry against Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a case of alleged irregularities in 'Talk To AK' campaign. Well placed sources said the agency has registered a preliminary inquiry against Mr Sisodia. 'Talk to AK', the maiden interactive session of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal which was held on July 17 last year.
Soumya Jain, the daughter of Minister Satyendra Jain, also faces a preliminary inquiry about her appointment as an advisor to the Delhi health department for the management of 100 mohalla clinics. AAP faced flak over the appointment unhealthy as critics pointed that her father handled the health portfolio.
Soon after the news break late on Wednesday night, Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ""It appears that Modi-ji has lost it. The nation's Prime Minister has only one agenda. He is after us."" In another tweet, he called Mr. Modi a ""coward'' ""Modi ji, this is why I call you a coward. When you are on the brink of defeat in Goa and Punjab, you begin playing this CBI game?"" Kejriwal tweeted.
The CBI, which is functioning under the interim Director Rakesh Asthana, lodged preliminary enquiry based on a complaint filed by the Delhi government's Vigilance Department. The complaint alleged that a consultant of a well-known public relations company was hired by the Delhi government to promote ""Talk to AK"" (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore was prepared for this purpose.
It alleged that despite objections from the Principal Secretary, the government went ahead with the proposal and the consultant spent the money thereby creating a liability for the government. CBI will probe the allegations before arriving at a conclusion if a Regular Case (RC) can be registered against Mr. Sisodia and others on the basis of evidence culled out during the preliminary enquiry."