Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre for using investigating agencies against his party and former deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia, and suggested shifting the focus towards those who are misusing the central agencies, security forces and police in the name of the central government.
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Chadha was referring to recent arrest of Kiran Patel, who was impersonating as the additional director of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), while responding to the latest first information report (FIR) filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Sisodia for allegedly keeping tab on opposition parties, government officials among others. The CBI has alleged Sisodia of collecting ‘political intelligence’ through the Delhi government department, a ‘Feedback Unit’ that was allegedly set up in 2015.
The Rajya Sabha MP said the ‘half chief minister of a half state’ who is not a part of police or vigilance is snooping for eight year and the investigating agencies are completely unaware. “Is this possible? And if this is possible then it raises a question on the national security,” he added.
“A normal party worker from BJP’s Gujarat unit, Kiranbhai Patel, had identified himself as the additional director of the PMO and had been staying in Kashmir for last six months…He had been calling meeting of security departments, transferring IAS officers…If you (BJP) want to investigate then probe this type of snooping,” he said at a press conference.