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New Delhi: In a move that sent shockwaves across India, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday reportedly raided the office of Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and sealed it.

However, reasons behind the raids by the agency remained unknown.

Political pundits opined that the CBI raid on Kejriwal’s office was a part of the drives carried out by the central investigation agency targeting Delhi government’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar Singh who was arrested over his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Notably, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer Rajendra Kumar Singh was the Principal Secretary of the Department of Welfare of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Minorities in the Delhi government.

The Aam Admi Party was vociferous against the CBI move of conducting raids in their Chief Minister’s office. Calling the incident as undemocratic, Sanjay Singh of AAP said, “The raids shows the hooliganism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

Lashing out at the CBI, Sanjay Singh alleged that the CBI was not only parroting the voice of the Prime Minister but also working for the BJP.

An irked Kejriwal, in his reaction, lambasted the Prime Minister calling him a ‘coward’ in a series of tweets.

BJP stalwart and Union Minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu, clearly stated that unlike the Congress-led UPA government, the BJP had no influence on the central agency. The CBI under NDA government was an independent entity, he added.

Arvind Kejriwal had made it a fashion to blame every issue on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu alleged.

Though AAP cadres accused the CBI of not informing about the raid, political analysts said, the CBI had the jurisdiction to carry out raids and seal office if there was a court order.

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Facts that expose Kejriwal stance on CBI raid

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal found himself on the back foot on Wednesday when several of his claims targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with regard to the CBI’s alleged raid in his office were disputed by the Centre and some legal experts.

Targeting secretary Rajendra Kumar Singh, CBI officials swooped on Kejriwal’s office at the Delhi Secretariat over a 2002 corruption case, triggering a string of angry responses from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader who took office in February 2015, seizing Rs 2.4 lakh and documents related to three immovable properties from Kumar’s official residence.

Here are some facts that expose Kejriwal’s stance:

  1. ‘Delhi government has no jurisdiction over DDCA’

Centre on Wednesday disputed Kejriwal’s claim that that the CBI raided his office in search of a Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) file related to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying that the state government has no jurisdiction over the cricket body.

The real reason for the raid, Kejriwal alleged on Tuesday, was a report of the commission that probed the affairs of DDCA, which he alleged was a den of corruption. Jaitley had been involved for a long time with the DDCA, he said.

“They wanted the file of DDCA… Jaitley figures in it. They came looking for that file,” he told reporters on Tuesday, adding that he was about to order a commission of inquiry into the DDCA scam.

Disputing the claim a senior government functionary reportedly said, “The cricket body is registered as a company and, therefore, comes under the jurisdiction of Registrar of Companies. Only a politician with authoritarian mindset can claim to have the competence to investigate affairs of companies.”

Besides, there is no reason why even after the CBI raid he cannot order the probe into the DDCA scam.

  1. CBI’s raid was legal

Kejriwal’s allegation that the CBI raiding team entered his chambers and rummaged through his papers without informing him in advance were questioned by legal experts who say the agency was not legally bound to do so.

Kejriwal tweeted on Tuesday that the CBI should have shared its information with him first about his secretary Rajender Kumar.

According to legal experts, had the CBI informed Kejriwal about the raid, it would have violated Article 14 of the Constitution, opening the possibility of the suspect being forewarned and thus giving him an unlikely advantage over the probe agency.

“Where there are allegations of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against a public servant, whether high or low, whether decision-maker or not, an independent investigation into such allegations is of utmost importance and unearthing the truth is the goal,” the Supreme Court has ruled.

  1. ‘CBI can’t raid honest AAP’

Following the raid, Kejriwal said that the CBI should not have raided the office of the Delhi Chief Minister who hailed from an ‘honest’ party like AAP. First of all, CBI has clarified that it did not raid his office. Secondly, even if the CBI has indeed raided his office, the AAP leader who claims to be heading a non-corrupt party should not be worried and have faith in his and his government’s much vaunted ‘honesty’.

  1. Apparent contradiction in his stand

In 2012 when Kejriwal was still an anti-corruption activist had said that if CBI announced on the front page of a newspaper that it would raid a person, then it would not be successful. Now when he’s entered the corridors of power, he says the exact opposite.

While the AAP leader wants the CBI to be independent, he expects CBI to give him a prior warning about its operations.

Check out the two tweets below contradicting Kejriwal’s stand:

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The neverending Kejriwal vs Modi drama

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New Delhi: The Kejriwal vs Modi battle escalated to new heights when the Delhi Chief Minister vented his frustration at the Prime Minister by calling him a ‘coward’.

While the irked Aam Admi Party supporters were vociferous in their demand to know whether the CBI had the jurisdiction to barge into their Chief Minister’s office and seal it off, the Modi government clearly stated that they had nothing to do with the raid.

The frustration on the face of Kejriwal was evident as he took the refuge of social media platform to vent out his distress.

The more Kejriwal beefed up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi via twitter, the more he became a laughing stock. And furthermore, he contradicted his own comments.

If CBI announces on the front page of a newspaper that it will raid a person, then it will be successful: Arvind Kejriwal. This tweet was published by ANI on 26th  Oct 2012.

However, the Kejriwal supporters forgot that the CBI flaunted the court warrant for conducting the raids.

Even the former aide of Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, said the Aam Admi Party was guilty of enacting ‘drama’ on the issue.

Kejriwal’s party drew immense flak after inquiries revealed the party worker’s involvement in corrupt practices. But in all cases, Kejriwal blamed Narendra Modi for the crackdown on AAP.

The Delhi Chief Minister always tried to channelize the issue into something different by claiming that Modi was unable to fight him politically and was using democratic institutions to disrupt the functioning of the Delhi state government.

Just one day before the CBI raid, Kejriwal lashed out at Railways officials for Shakur Basti demolition terming them as ‘animals’. But after the raid incident, Kejriwal’s sympathy for the Shakur Basti victims evaporated.

The activities of Kejriwal definitely rouse the doubts over his political charisma. Maybe he was a better bureaucrat than a politician. And his tweets do point towards the view.

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