CBI Raids CM’s Office, Kejriwal Calls Modi a “Coward”
Today a heat wave pervaded Twitter as Arvind Kejriwal (the Chief Minister of Delhi) tweeted at around 10 am that his office was being raided by CBI. Calling this a political vendetta of BJP, Kejriwal called PM Narendra Modi “a coward and a psychopath”.
Modi is a coward and a psycopath — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 15, 2015
The raid was without prior notice or permission. CBI has claimed not to have raided the CM’s office, but rather the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar. CBI asserted that the raid was a part of an ongoing investigation of a corruption case registered against Rajender Kumar, regarding his abuse of power before he joined AAP government. Kejriwal replied with another tweet, accusing the CBI of using Rajender as an excuse to raid his office and look into certain files. “If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn’t they share it [with] me? I would have acted against him” said Kejriwal on Twitter.
In the Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too refuted the allegation of Kejriwal’s office being raided by CBI as brought up by Derek O’Brian, a spokesperson for Trinamool-Congress. Jaitley also claimed that – “The raid has nothing to do with Mr Arvind Kejriwal or his tenure as chief minister.” Soon, the O’Brian-Jaitley debate created a pandemonium in the Parliament as a faction started sloganeering against the BJP government. Reacting to Jaitley, Kejriwal again released a message on Twitter, calling the Finance Minister a liar.
FM lied in Parliament. My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 15, 2015
Later in the evening, Kejriwal gave way to a hot debate over social media and among political leaders by saying that CBI was actually looking for a file belonging to a case against the DDCA (Delhi & District Cricket Association) regarding corruption where Arun Jaitley has been named.
While the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called this event “unprecendented”, Kejriwal replied to her with a statement declaring the nation to be in a state of Emergency.
Prashant Bhushan, a lawyer and an ex-leader of Aam Aadmi Party, has added to the numerous accusations and counter-accusations by critiquing Kejriwal’s action, positing it to be propaganda and political vendetta.
Kejriwal screaming vendetta merely because his ‘trusted man’ is raided by CBI w/o informing is absurd.Should an accused be warned of a raid?
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) December 15, 2015
Rajender Kumar has been taken to the CBI quarters in Delhi for questioning, but his lawyer informed that Kumar has not been arrested. The CBI has also seized materials from Rajender Kumar’s residence.
Reported by Aritry Das.
Edited by Siddesh Gooptu.