Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday seized the office computer of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia as part of its ongoing probe against him in a case related to the Excise Policy matter.

“CBI has taken a computer from Sisodia’s office under section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC),” as per CBI sources.

The agency officials visited the office of Manish Sisodia office of AAP leader Sisodia at the Delhi Secretariat today.

“During the raid, the CBI found to investigate Sisodia’s computer and it has taken the computer for further investigation,” said a CBI official.

Earlier in the day, Sisodia told that the CBI was conducting raids at his office and said nothing would be found as he had done nothing wrong.

“Today again CBI has reached my office. They are welcome. They raided my house, raided my office, searched my locker, and even searched my village. Nothing has been found against me and nothing will be found because I have not done anything wrong. Sincerely worked for the education of the children of Delhi,” tweeted Sisodia in Hindi.

In August last year, the CBI had conducted a search operation in Sisodia’s Punjab National Bank locker in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 money laundering case, where according to him, the CBI had found nothing. Several raids were also conducted at 21 places in Delhi and the National Capital Region including the residence of Sisodia and the premises of four public servants last year, according to a CBI official. The official said that raids were conducted in locations across 7 states.

The probe was done after taking into account a report forwarded by the Chief Secretary to Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommending a CBI investigation into the matter.

The excise policy was passed in CM Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Cabinet in the middle of the deadly Delta Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. The Delhi government’s version is that the policy was formulated to ensure the generation of optimum revenue and eradicate the sale of spurious liquor or non-duty paid liquor in Delhi, besides improving user experience.

Following the LG’s recommendation, the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has issued a notice to the Excise Commissioner of Delhi asking him to provide all documents related to the grant of liquor license under the new excise policy.

By Archana

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