CBI Searches Manish Sisodia's Bank Locker In Ghaziabad Amid Excise Policy Row

CBI Searches Manish Sisodia's Bank Locker In Ghaziabad Amid Excise Policy Row

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday searched the bank lockers of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia located at Punjab National Bank in Vasundhara, Sector-4, Ghaziabad amid the Delhi Excise Policy row.

The development comes just a day after Sisodia said that the central probe agency will come to check his bank locker on Tuesday and “they won’t find anything in the locker too.” 

“Nothing was found in my bank locker today just like nothing was found at my residence during the CBI raid. I am happy that I have got a clean chit. The CBI officials treated us well, and we also cooperated with them. Truth has won,” Sisodia said after the search was done. 

#WATCH | Delhi Deputy CM & AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s bank locker located at Punjab National Bank in Vasundhara, Sector-4, Ghaziabad, UP being investigated by CBI, in connection with Delhi excise policy case pic.twitter.com/toMNhW494d

— ANI (@ANI) August 30, 2022

“Tomorrow, the CBI is coming to check our bank locker. They did not find anything during a 14-hour-long raid at my residence on August 19. They won’t find anything in the locker too. The CBI is welcome. My family and I will extend full cooperation in the probe,” the deputy chief minister had said in a tweet in Hindi on Monday.

The AAP leader is one of the 15 people and entities that have been named in an FIR registered by the central probe agency in connection with alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy. 

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On August 19, the federal investigation agency had raided 31 locations, including Sisodia’s residence, in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Delhi government’s Excise Policy 2021-22.

Sisodia has been saying he has been made an accused in a false case to stop the march of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has emerged as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

During a special session of the Delhi Assembly on Friday, the AAP leader had claimed that the BJP-led Centre is acting like a serial killer to eliminate state governments and described the CBI FIR against him as “fake” and based on “mere sources”.

He had also alleged that the agency conducted raids at his residence because the Delhi government’s good work is being praised across the globe.

(With PTI inputs)