CBI seeks clarifications from Manish Sisodia in `Talk to AK` campaign probe

Last Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017, 03:10
CBI seeks clarifications from Manish Sisodia in `Talk to AK` campaign probe
Central Bureau of Investigation reached the house of Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at Mathura Road on Friday. The agency reportedly recorded the Deputy CM’s statement in its preliminary enquiry into the “Talk to AK” programme.

Initial reports suggest that this is related to the CBI’s Preliminary Enquiry (PE) into chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s “Talk to AK” programme.

In January 2017, CBI registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged irregularities in the ‘Talk To AK’ campaign of Delhi government. The CBI acted on a complaint filed by Vigilance department of the Delhi government which said that a consultant was hired to promote “Talk to AK” (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and Rs 1.5 crore was expected to be the used for this purpose.

The complaint alleged Delhi Principal Secretary had raised his objections to this but the government did not pay heed, putting Sisodia under the scanner. On June 16, 2017, CBI recorded Sisodia’s statement at his residence in this matter.

The CBI had registered a PE against Sisodia and others for alleged irregularities in the interactive campaign that helped people reach out to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader through social media.

The CBI had said earlier that the Preliminary Enquiry was registered in the case over “allegations of improprieties and violation of extent rules and regulations in award of work pertaining to the media campaign.

The probe agency said no raid or search was conducted at Sisodia’s place, adding that the visit was aimed at seeking clarification on certain issues related to the ongoing inquiry.

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