“CBI, ED filed false affidavits in an excise policy case in court; they’re torturing people to testify against Manish Sisodia and me,” he stated in a press conference today. Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, claimed on Saturday that the CBI and ED were torturing individuals in order to clear his and Manish Sisodia’s names in the case involving the Delhi liquor policy scam. “CBI, ED filed false affidavits in an excise policy case in court; they’re torturing people to testify against Manish Sisodia and me,” he stated in a press conference today. He included names of other people who said they had been beaten and tortured.
At the press conference, Kejriwal said that the government agencies sought to deceive the court by presenting misleading evidence in court. “ED and CBI alleged that Sisodia broke 14 of his mobile phones to destroy evidence, but as per ED’s seizure memo, 4 of them are with them while one is with CBI. The remaining phones are also functional and are being used by other people, according to Kejriwal, who also stated that 400 sites were searched and Rs 100 crore in bribes were accepted by the agencies.
The Aam Aadmi Party national convenor said that he knew he would be summoned by CBI “the day I spoke against coruption in Delhi Assembly.” “In 75 years, no party has been targeted like AAP. We have given hope to people about good education,” he added. He praised the alcohol policy, calling it “excellent” and saying it would have put an end to corruption. An hour before the press briefing, the Bharatiya Janata Party started firing shots at the Delhi chief minister by questioning his connections to spirits distributors and the reasons behind his contact with the case’s suspects.
In a press conference, the national spokesperson for the BJP said, “The moment Arvind Kejriwal was summoned by the CBI, he started trembling with fear. Arvind Kejriwal is the kingpin of the liquor scam, the investigation so far shows this.” On April 16, the Central Bureau of Investigation summoned the Delhi Chief Minister in connection with the now-discontinued liquor policy issue. On Sunday at 11 a.m., he was called by the federal investigation agency to its headquarters. The CBI has previously detained Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, in connection with the investigation.
In connection with a money laundering investigation involving the suspected excise scam, the Enforcement Directorate also detained him. After the excise policy 2021–22 was dropped in August of last year, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi requested that the CBI look into any potential violations. The Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021–2022, which grants licences to liquor traders, is said by the CBI to have favoured some dealers who had reportedly paid bribes for it. The AAP has fiercely denied this claim. Subsequently, the rule was dropped.