In a shocking turn of events, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with alleged corruption in the now-withdrawn liquor policy of Delhi. A top bureaucrat has reportedly told the CBI that Sisodia played a pivotal role in drafting the excise policy.
Sisodia had been questioned by the central agency since the morning, and his arrest has sent shockwaves through the political circles of Delhi. The CBI has not yet released an official statement on the matter, but sources within the agency have confirmed that the arrest was made after substantial evidence was found against Sisodia.
The now-withdrawn liquor policy of Delhi had been a subject of controversy for some time, with allegations of corruption and favoritism being leveled against several politicians and bureaucrats. The CBI had been investigating the matter for several months, and Sisodia’s arrest is seen as a significant development in the case.
Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, has been a prominent member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and his arrest is expected to have political ramifications. The AAP has been quick to denounce the arrest, calling it a political witch-hunt and accusing the central government of using the CBI to target its leaders.
The arrest of Sisodia has also triggered a debate on corruption in politics, with many questioning the effectiveness of the anti-corruption measures in place. The opposition parties have demanded a thorough investigation into the matter and have called for strict action against those found guilty of corruption.
As the news of Sisodia’s arrest spreads, there is a sense of unease and uncertainty in Delhi’s political circles. The city, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, is already grappling with a host of issues, and the arrest of a senior politician is only likely to add to the chaos.