Mumbai: Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday took a jibe at Manish Sisodia, saying the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister has changed his name to “Money Shh”, alleging that he is good at taking money and keeping quiet about it. Also Read: Maybe Within 3-4 Days, CBI-ED Will Arrest Me: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
Thakur’s remarks came a day after the CBI raided Sisodia’s official residence in connection with alleged violations in the now withdrawn Delhi Excise Policy of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Minister challenged the Delhi Chief Minister to answer his questions within 24 hours.
“Manish Ji, if your liquor policy was right, why did you take it back? It’s like ‘chor ki daadhi mei tinka’… why is there a soft corner for liquor businessmen?… I challenge Arvind Kejriwal to come in front of the nation and answer me within 24 hours,” Union Minister Anurag Thakur said while addressing a press conference in the national capital.
Thakur further alleged that though Manish Sisodia is the number one accused in the alleged liquor scam, Arvind Kejriwal was its kingpin.
“Liquor scam’s No. 1 accused is Manish Sisodia (Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader) but the kingpin is Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi CM). Today’s press conference clearly showed how the colour on his face was gone after his scam. He couldn’t even answer any questions,” he added.
Thakur’s remarks came after Sisodia said that he may be arrested soon as the liquor issue or the excise policy is an excuse to target him as he was a minister under Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Sisodia is among 15 people against whom the CBI has registered an FIR. In this case, a case has been registered against some unknown public servants and private persons including excise officials, liquor company officials, and dealers.
The FIR said that “facts in the matter prima facie disclose the commission of offences” punishable under section 120-B, 477A IPC and section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988″ against the accused.