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Manish Sisodia's problems mount, Home Ministry approves CBI investigation in espionage case

The Home Ministry has sanctioned the prosecution of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the 'Feedback Unit' alleged snooping case.NEw

New Delhi: Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia's problems have increased. The Home Ministry has sanctioned the prosecution of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the 'Feedback Unit' alleged snooping case. Recently, the CBI had sought permission to register a case against Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other officials alleging espionage on the Feedback Unit of the Delhi government.


Allegations of espionage in the guise of Feedback Unit

In fact, within months of the 2015 assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party government had reportedly created a feedback unit to strengthen the vigilance department. It is alleged that espionage was done under the guise of this feedback unit. A complaint was given to the CBI in this regard and in the preliminary investigation, the CBI found that political intelligence was collected through the Feedback Unit.


Issued notice to appear on February 26

At the same time, the CBI has issued a fresh notice to Manish Sisodia of Delhi to appear on February 26 for questioning in the Excise Policy scam case. Officials said the notice was issued at the request of Sisodia as he had sought deferment of his earlier scheduled questioning on February 19. Sisodia, who holds the finance portfolio in the Delhi government, had sought deferment of the questioning and a date during the last week of February, citing a budget preparation exercise.


CBI had issued notice on November 25 last year

The CBI had filed its first chargesheet against seven people on November 25 last year in which Sisodia was not named as an accused. Officials said that in further investigation of money transactions and links between liquor traders, AAP leaders and middlemen, the CBI has gathered detailed material on which it requires clarification from Sisodia. Sisodia is the main accused in the FIR.


The CBI continues to probe the case against Sisodia and other accused named in the FIR. Three months after the chargesheet was filed, officials said they have received details of meetings, exchange of messages and transactions on which an explanation may be sought from the deputy chief minister.

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