New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that the prime minister has “nothing to do” with the CBI raids at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office.
“CBI is an independent organisation. The government does not interfere at all. How can you criticize the central government and the prime minister? PM has nothing to do with this,” Naidu told reporters here after Kejriwal took to twitter to say that the CBI had raided his office.
“It has become fashionable from the Delhi chief minister to quarrel with central government and take PM’s name for everything,” he said and added: “CBI does not function under the government. Gone are days of Congress when CBI used to be misused.”
Kejriwal said his office was raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday morning.
“CBI raided my office,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Delhi chief minister’s office is located at the Delhi Secretariat.
CBI raid not against Kejriwal: Jaitley
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that the CBI raid was not against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but against an official who was attached to his office, a claim rejected by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a lie.
The matter was raised in the Rajya Sabha by TMC member Derek O’brien who said “this was unprecedented in the history of modern India”.
Jaitley said: “CBI raid has nothing to do with Kejriwal and his tenure as Delhi chief minister. The raid was done against an official who was attached to his office and that too in a matter prior to his becoming chief minister.”
Kejriwal on Tuesday morning tweeted that CBI raided his office, triggering a political storm.
Kejriwal said in another tweet: “When Modi could not handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice.”
After Jaitley spoke in the Rajya Sabha, the Delhi chief minister shot back: “FM lied in Parliament. My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse”.
Kejriwal was referring to Rajendra Kumar, who is the secretary to the Delhi chief minister.