New Delhi: In what has intensified the face-off between ruling Aam Aadmi Party and Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday claimed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided his office.
Kejriwal went on to launch a vitriolic attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a "coward and psychopath".
The CBI has, however, offered a different version. The CBI insists that Kejriwal's office at Players Building, which is home to the offices of the Delhi secretariat in central Delhi, was neither raided nor sealed.
The searches were being conducted at the office of the Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, said the agency.
Notably, the allegations against Rajendra Kumar were raised by Ashish Joshi, former member secretary, Delhi Dialogue Commission, added the CBI.
Searches are being conducted at 14 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, a CBI spokesperson said, but did not give details. Reports that the CBI found papers of three immovable properties and Rs 2.4 lakhs from Kumar's home. Also, Kumar is not coopearting with the CBI in opening his e-mail accounts, says a report.
In a bid to counter the Kejriwal's claims, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Parliament that the CBI raid was not against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but against an official who was attached to his office. Kejriwal was, however quick in rejecting the Jaitley's claim as a lie.
The CBI said it has registered a case against Rajendra Kumar on allegations of abusing his official position by "favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments."
"After taking warrants, searches are being conducted in the office and residence of Rajendra Kumar. The allegations against Rajendra Kumar were raised by Ashish Joshi, former
Member Secretary, Delhi Dialogue Commission," the agency said.