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New Delhi: A visibly furious Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused the CBI of raiding his office in search of a file related to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, even as the latter said he did not need to respond to “rubbish”.

“Rajendra (Kumar) is an excuse, Kejriwal is the target,” he said, referring to the chief minister’s principal secretary who the CBI alleged was involved in corruption.

Responding to Kejriwal’s allegations against him, Jaitley said, “His (Arvind Kejriwal) morning statement appeared to be prima facie incorrect, but evening one seems to be absolute rubbish… And I don’t think I need to respond to rubbish.”

The Central Bureau of Investigation also denied raiding Kejriwal’s office.

But the visibly angry chief minister said the CBI was lying because its officers did search his office.

He said his office didn’t maintain files beyond 10-15 days old. “If they were looking for files of 2007-14 period, what were they looking for in my office?”

“If they were looking for files of 2007-14 period, what were they looking for in my office?”

The real reason for the raid, Kejriwal said, was a report of the commission that probed the affairs of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (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 outside the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia where AAP leaders met earlier in the day.

He pointed out that Kumar had held senior positions in the departments of education, IT and VAT.

“If they were looking for proof of corruption, they should be looking for the concerned files in those departments.

“But I do not think the (CBI) action is to check (corrupt) contracts. If he had given out contracts wrongly, those departments should have been raided. The files (related to his alleged corruption) are there.”

Kejriwal said he was firmly opposed to corruption, and he would not mind sending his own son to jail if he indulged in corruption.

(With inputs from agencies)

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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)