Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today said the more AAP will grow, the more cases will be filed against its leaders, following the MHA's sanction to the CBI to prosecute him in a case of alleged collection of "political intelligence".
The Union Home Ministry today granted the prosecution sanction to the CBI against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a case of alleged collection of "political intelligence" through a feedback unit (FBU) set up to check corruption.
अपने प्रतिद्वंदियों पर झूठे केस करना एक कमज़ोर और कायर इंसान की निशानी है।— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) February 22, 2023
जैसे जैसे आम आदमी पार्टी बढ़ेगी, हम पर और भी बहुत केस किए जाएँगे। https://t.co/hu37UOytyt
In a communication to the principal secretary to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor, the home ministry said the sanction to prosecute Sisodia was granted under Section 17 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
What did CBI say previously?
Early this month, the CBI had said it found in its preliminary inquiry that the FBU set up by the Delhi government to check corruption allegedly collected "political intelligence" and the agency recommended that an FIR be registered against Sisodia.
According to the CBI, the Aam Aadmi Party dispensation had proposed setting up the FBU in 2015 to gather relevant information and actionable feedback regarding the working of the various departments and autonomous bodies, institutions and entities falling under the jurisdiction of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and also to do "trap cases".
The unit started functioning in 2016 with a provision of Rs 1 crore for secret service expenditure, it said. The Central Bureau of Investigation alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal moved the proposal in a Cabinet meeting in 2015, but no agenda note was circulated. No sanction from the Lt Governor was taken for appointments in the FBU, it claimed.
"The Feedback Unit, in addition to collecting the mandated information, also collected political intelligence/intelligence qua miscellaneous issues," the CBI said in its preliminary inquiry report. The CBI registered the preliminary inquiry on a reference from the Delhi government's vigilance department, which had allegedly detected irregularities in the FBU.
Reaction from Aam Admi Party
AAP MP Sanjay Singh reacted to the MHA's approval and said the case is "completely fake". He also addressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked, "Why are you so scared of AAP and Arvind Kejriwal Modi ji?"
ये बिलकुल झूठा केस है। ये लोग @msisodia जी के पीछे पड़ गए हैं। ये अडानी की जाँच नहीं कराते जिसने लाखों करोड़ का घोटाला किया।— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) February 22, 2023
अपने प्रतिद्वंदियों पर झूठे केस करना एक हारे और कायर इंसान की निशानी है।
AAP और @ArvindKejriwal से इतना क्यों डरते हो मोदी जी?
AAP बढ़ेगी तो FIR बढ़ेगी। pic.twitter.com/4Rl5EQOwUB