On March 5, nine opposition leaders wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “gross misuse of central agencies against members of the opposition” following the arrest of former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a case of alleged corruption related to excise policy. expressed concern. Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on February 26 after eight hours of questioning in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy.
Who are the 9 opposition leaders who wrote letters after Sisodia’s arrest?
The signatories to the letter include four Chief Ministers and four former Chief Ministers. These included K Chandrasekhar Rao, Mamata Banerjee, Bhagwant Mann and Arvind Kejriwal as well as National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. Are. The special thing is that the letter of the biggest opposition party Congress is not signed.
What the central agencies have been accused of in the letter
The letter condemned the “gross misuse of central agencies” and questioned why the “financial irregularities” of the Adani group were not investigated.
The letter states that “Manish Sisodia is recognized globally for transforming school education in Delhi. His arrest will be seen as an example of a political witch-hunt across the world.
Citing examples of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, former TMC leader Shubhendu Adhikari in the letter, leaders of various opposition parties alleged that “investigative agencies move slowly” in cases of those who joined the BJP.
The letter further said that “It is clear that the priorities of these agencies are wrong. Following the publication of an international forensic financial research report, SBI and LIC have reportedly lost over ₹78,000 crore in market capitalization of their shares due to exposure to a certain firm. Why were central agencies not pressed into service to probe the financial irregularities of the firm despite public money being at stake?
It has also been alleged in the letter that the state governments are being weakened and the governors are violating constitutional provisions. It also points to the action taken by central investigative agencies against most opposition leaders and alleged leaders who have joined the BJP “since 2014”. Let us tell you that 2014 is the year when BJP came to power.