Kejriwal demands Modi’s resignation over ‘flop’ CBI raid

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation for ordering the CBI to raid his office as the Delhi assembly passed a resolution to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly that the December 15 “flop” raid was meant to protect Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the affairs of the DDCA.

“CBI reports to PM. I demand PM’s resignation for the botched raid,” Kejriwal said in the assembly. 

“If the corruption was in the education department, then why did the CBI not go there? Why did they not go to VAT department?” Kejriwal asked, adding, “Rajendra Kumar was just an excuse, the real target was me.”

He said that Rajendra Kumar had been interrogated for more than 50 hours.

“A tea vendor (Modi) wore suit worth 1o lakh rupees. This officer (Rajendra Kumar) earns Rs 2 lakh monthly and they found 12 bottles of alcohol. Now media will run headlines that ‘Kejriwal protects corrupt babu,’ but can someone tell me where’s the corruption? I’m the only CM who sacked his own cabinet minister,” he said, adding, “My job is not just to sack a corrupt person, but my job is also to protect innocent.”

Meanwhile, tabling the resolution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that gross irregularities had taken place in the DDCA.

He said the Delhi assembly was concerned over the “massive corruption” in the cricket body.

“I urge that the Assembly to constitute an inquiry commission Under Rule 90 of 1953, Section 3,” Sisodia reportedly said at the special session.

Seeking a probe into the charges of corruption in the cricket body, Sisodia said, “Some media reports said that sports is not a state subject. But sports is a state subject,” adding, “In Delhi, when a young person tries to play cricket professionally, he has to face corruption. People are playing with future of talented cricketers.”

AAP MLA Alka Lamba spoke in favour of the motion and condemned the CBI raid on Kejriwal’s office.

Slamming Finance Minister and former DDCA president Arun Jaitley, Lamba sought a probe against him for alleged corruption in the association during his tenure i.e. 1999-2013 in the cricket body.

“I was in the Secretariat when the raid happened and CBI officials read each paper of the DDCA files and notes were read and inquired into,” Lamba said. (With inputs from agencies)