New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday claimed the CBI raid was targeted at Arvind Kejriwal and his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar was just an excuse.
Laying credentials to his claims, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said CBI raided a room where the Chief Minister's files and affidavits were kept.
Sisodia, considered to be a close confidante of Kejriwal, challenged the Prime Minister to dig out anything against them.
Sisodia's comments came after the premier investigating agency today raised a political storm in the country when it carried out raids at 14 places including the office and residence of Rajendra Kumar Gupta.
Earlier, Delhi Government and AAP reacted angrily to the "raid", calling it a "darkest" day and "undeclared emergency" in the history of Indian democracy.
Amid claims and counter-claims, CBI today raided the office of an officer of Kejriwal in a corruption case that led the AAP chief to call Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "coward and psychopath" and intensifying the face-off between AAP and Centre.
Targeting secretary Kumar, CBI officials swooped on Kejriwal's office at the Delhi Secretariat over a 2002 corruption case, triggering a string of angry responses from the AAP leader who took office in February 2015.
The CBI later said it had seized Rs 2.4 lakh and documents related to three immovable properties from Kumar's official residence and that he was not cooperating in opening his email accounts.
As the CBI team reached the third floor of Delhi Secretariat, Kejriwal tweeted that his office has been raided.
The CBI spokesperson later said that reports from certain quarters regarding searches at the office of Delhi Chief Minister "are baseless".
"False propaganda should not be used to impede our investigation," the CBI spokesperson said, adding that the searches were being conducted against his Principal Secretary.