Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s deputy chief minister, will not be named in the CBI’s first charge sheet in the liquor policy case, sources said today.
The indictment is likely to name other defendants, such as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) communications chief and Mr Sisodia’s close aide, Vijay Nair, and Hyderabad-based businessman, Abhishek Boinpally.
Investigations are continuing into the role of Manish Sisodia, who was listed as “accused No. 1” in the CBI’s First Information Report (FIR) filed in August. He will be summoned again for questioning soon, the sources said.
Mr Sisodia told reporters this morning: “The BJP is writing this script. The indictment is filed in their offices, the charges are written there, the cases are written there.”
The CBI is investigating allegations of serious breaches of the government’s new liquor policy AAP for Delhi, withdrawn within six months, in which liquor store licenses were granted to private actors. The Enforcement Department also filed a complaint for money laundering.
Mr Sisodia, who oversaw alcohol policy, was raided in August and he was also questioned by the CBI. He strongly denied any wrongdoing.
The AAP has accused the ruling BJP in the Center of using investigative agencies to target its leaders ahead of the Delhi municipal elections and the elections in Gujarat. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said the Center planned to arrest Mr Sisodia because it resented his deputy’s success in education.
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