Hours after Tomar’s arrest, the deputy chief minister minced no words in calling the Delhi Police’s action “political vendetta”. “In the last three months, the AAP government has shaken the roots of corruption. Corrupt people everywhere are threatened and they have now united in conspiring against the Delhi government. Dictatorial ways are being used to create an emergency-like situation in Delhi,” Sisodia said.
He pointed out that Tomar’s arrest for allegedly submitting a fake law degree was preceded by the reopening of the 2002 CNG scam probe in which the Delhi government had questioned the role of Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung in declining sanction to prosecute top bureaucrats involved in the scam.
Reading from the CBI’s report of September 29, 2014, Sisodia said, “As vigilance minister, yesterday I took a big decision. The CBI officers wrote in their report in the CNG fitness scam that inquiry has established that the request of ACB for the sanction for prosecution of the aforesaid two set of officers was required to be forwarded to the Centre for taking the final decision in the matter. But this was, prima facie, declined by the LG of Delhi.”
He said the file of the CNG fitness scam had come to him a few days back. “I had asked it to be examined as senior officials holding constitutional posts were involved and the CBI had made serious observations in the matter. After being examined, it came back to me and I ordered investigation. Since then, suddenly there was an attempt to create an emergency-like situation in Delhi.”
“What is going on? Is Jitender Tomar a mafia member? Was he running away? The case is before the High Court. What emergency required him to be arrested? This is an attempt to intimidate and teach (Delhi government) a lesson,” said Sisodia. “I will be very clear in saying that this is political vendetta,” he said. “The people of Delhi have given us 67 seats to stop corruption. Aur koi bhi aadmi aake isme taang adayega, toh chhodenge nahi (We will not spare anyone who comes in our way).”