Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia is targetted by the CBI. A preliminary probe has been launched, against him and other officials, for alleged violation of rules in giving a work contract to ‘Talk-to-AK’ social media campaign.
The preliminary probe was about the campaign launched in July 2016 on Google, Facebook and YouTube. To this end, even a website was created.
At the same time, the agency also launched a probe into appointment of Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter, Saumya Jain, as adviser, Health Department. Both complaints have been filed by the government’s Deputy Secretary (Vigilance).
Under the awning of a show (social media campaign), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks to the public about the weak ties between the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and his government.
Though the Delhi Principal Secretary had raised objections, the Council of Ministers approved it for execution of work worth Rs 1.5core. One Perfect Relations Pvt Ltd was hired as a consultant, as per sources. The consultant had spent large amounts of money which, created a liability on the government.
Coming out in defence of his deputy, Kejriwal tweeted that that the agency was being used allegedly by PM Narendra Modi because the BJP was losing in Goa and Punjab. It seems Modiji has gone haywire. The country’s PM has got no other job left…,” he tweeted in Hindi and expected CBI searches at Delhi Secretariat and Sisodia’s office on January 19.
ऐसा लगता है मोदी जी बिलकुल पगला गए हैं। देश के PM को बस एक यही काम रह गया है। हाथ धोकर पीछे पड़ गए हैं। https://t.co/FOy9sGr3R2
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 18, 2017
Sisodia also tweeted: “Welcome to the battleground Modiji. I will wait for your CBI at my home and office on January 19.”
स्वागत है मोदी जी! आइए मैदान में। कल सुबह आपकी सीबीआई का अपने घर और दफ्तर में इंतज़ार करूँगा। देखते हैं कितना ज़ोर है आपके बाजुए कातिल में। https://t.co/EZmXUR9p9c
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) January 18, 2017
The two irregularities were allegedly found by a Najeeb Jung-appointed committee, which had goibe through a majority of the Delhi government files.
Meanwhile, two cases were filed during Jung’s tenure, but nothing was done.