More trouble for AAP: CBI initiates enquiry into bus purchases by Delhi govt

The Aam Aadmi Party is in further trouble as the CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry (PE) to probe the purchase of 1,000 low-floor buses for the Delhi Transport Corporation. This is even as the agency has separately issued Lookout Circulars (LoCs) against eight private persons accused in the liquor scam.

Sources said that the PE has been registered on the complaint of Rohini BJP MLA Vijender Gupta. Gupta tweeted on the matter on Sunday, claiming that it was a ₹5,000 crore scam, while the letter by Govind Mohan, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, is addressed to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev.

Mohan wrote on August 16 that the Personnel Department, under which the CBI comes, has been requested to take necessary action to get the PE done by the premier anti-corruption agency. According to the letter, Dev had submitted a report prepared by a three-member committee of the Delhi government on the purchase of buses.

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Meanwhile, CBI officials informed that no LOC has been issued against the accused government officials – Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia; Former Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna; Deputy Commissioner (Excise) Anand Tiwari; and Assistant Commissioner (Excise) Pankaj Bhatnagar. However, Manoj Rai, former Vice President of Pernod Ricard, is the only private accused person who was spared by the CBI for reasons not shared with the media.

Even though Sisodia’s name was not on the list, the senior AAP leader hit out at the government, saying it has opened the agency to intimidate Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Sisodia insisted that he was not on the run and could come to the CBI office whenever the agency wanted. The agency is interrogating the accused in the case.

Published on

21 August 2022

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