Talk to AK probe: CBI team reaches Manish Sisodia’s house

Both AAP and its government alleged that the CBI was acting on behalf of the BJP-led Centre to “further their political agenda”. The CBI, however, clarified that no searches or raids were conducted and that as per rules, no raids can be conducted under a PE.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 16, 2017 8:52 pm
Manish Sisodia, Manish Sisodia house raid, Manish Sisodia raid, ak probe, ak campaign, Talk to AK Campaign, aap, aam aadmi party, indian express news, india news, delhi government news The CBI had registered the PE in January following a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government.

A CBI TEAM visited the official residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to seek clarifications in relation to a preliminary enquiry into alleged irregularities in the AAP government’s ‘Talk to AK Campaign’.

Both AAP and its government alleged that the CBI was acting on behalf of the BJP-led Centre to “further their political agenda”. The CBI, however, clarified that no searches or raids were conducted and that as per rules, no raids can be conducted under a PE.

The CBI had registered the PE in January following a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government. The complaint noted that the Delhi government had hired Perfect Relations, a PR company, for the campaign featuring Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and that a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore was prepared for this purpose.

It alleged that the government went ahead with the proposal, in spite of objections raised by Dharmendra Sharma, the then principal secretary (finance), and thus created a financial liability for the administration.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that instead of “daily harassment” of the Delhi government, the Centre should simply suspend it. “Today’s raid signals the resolve of the Centre to not let the AAP government work. The BJP wants to obliterate the opposition. The intention is to take revenge through relentless harassment,” he alleged.

Singh said that ‘Talk to AK’ was held using the services of a PR company, which did not charge the government. He said no tender had been floated for the campaign — a social media interaction with the public – as platforms such as FB, YouTube and Google had no competition.

Perfect Relations was brought on board by the AAP government in June 2016 as media consultant, four months after the tenders were floated. At the time of AAP’s “Talk to AK campaign”, officials said the company was given a “work order”.

“Since the Delhi government doesn’t have a credit card, we needed them to act as intermediaries to pay the social media companies,” said a party spokesperson.

The work order specified that “no fee shall be payable” to Perfect Relations “for undertaking the assignment except what has been provided for in its agreement” with the government, the spokesperson said.

“The entire matter is a sham. No money was exchanged in the entire issue. So on what basis is the CBI investigating the claim?” said the spokesperson.

 

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    Seshagopalan.Iyengar
    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:06 am
    Modi is a true Avatar of ROWDY RAM!
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      Mohan
      Jun 17, 2017 at 12:29 am
      And you an avtar of a mule ?
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      Poda De
      Jun 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm
      Q : Sir, Who is that upstart who has fallen by the wayside unwanted as untouchable ? A : Must be that ace aap ape posed big as gorilla but exposed as a small monkey !
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        anand
        Jun 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm
        I wish the Caged Parrot had raided Mallya's home before he ran away from the country.
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          Mohan
          Jun 17, 2017 at 12:31 am
          A loan default is a civil case unless you can prove that money taken for a particular purpose has been siphoned off or used for some other purpose -- in which case it would be a case of cheating
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          David
          Jun 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm
          Indian Express trying to protect the corrupt. Thus giving only the corrupt view point. All of a sudden why Kejriwal is all silent. He assumes public memory is short. Well today thankfully we have social media.
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            P.C.Kulkarni
            Jun 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm
            Caged parrot truing its best to defame opposition
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              Rajdeep Anand
              Jun 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm
              You guys are irrelevant now! :)
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                Simmi
                Jun 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm
                Yeah thats why Feku BJP using every possible govt machinery to harass Arvind Kejriwal and AAP......Feku's insecurity has been totally exposed... Bhakts are patting their back after winning elections with EVM manipulations....Coward !!!
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              Jun 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm
              Kanjarwal's friend susudia is also involved in recruitment scam. Aap workers have been given jobs illegally. I personally know 1 such lady who has got a job only because she is an aap worker. When their scans are caught,these corrupt douches attack CBI.
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