Probe against principal secy: How can CBI summon govt officials over phone, asks CM Kejriwal

The CBI, which had raided the Delhi secretariat on December 15, 2015 in connection with the case, the chief minister said, had no power to summon officials on the phone.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2016 2:58 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday questioned the CBI after officials of the investigating agency allegedly summoned government officials over the phone in connection with the probe related to alleged cases of corruption against Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.

The CBI, which had raided the Delhi secretariat on December 15, 2015 in connection with the case, the chief minister said, had no power to summon officials on the phone.

In multiple tweets, Kejriwal said, “Which sec of CrPC empowers CBI to summon on ph? Till now, more than 150 officers summoned on ph. We hv nothing to hide. I hv told all officers to cooperate. But CBI shud follow law-summon thro proper notices.”

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Quoting a report in a Hindi newspaper, Kejriwal had earlier tweeted, “CBI summons Delhi CM’s staff ‘informally’ on phone without notice. Staff of other ministers called earlier like this.”

The CBI raid on Kejriwal’s office on the third floor of the Delhi secretariat had led to a spat between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre. After the raid, Kejriwal had said that the cases against Kumar were an excuse to target him and his government.

He had claimed that the real motive of the CBI was to seize files pertaining to alleged irregularities in the DDCA, in which Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley feared being implicated. Jaitley had rubbished Kejriwal’s claims.

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