Kejriwal keeps up attack on Centre over raid; ex-aides call it ‘drama’

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday took a swipe at the Centre, saying the CBI search at the Delhi secretariat was aimed at a file connected to union finance minister Arun Jaitley and his links with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Jaitley refused to comment on the issue beyond terming Kejriwal’s charge as “rubbish”.

The remark came after Kejriwal called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “psychopath” and “coward” after the CBI raid, triggering a torrent of criticism from BJP leaders in the latest clash between the central and the Delhi governments.

Kejriwal’s tirade against the NDA government on Twitter was backed by several opposition parties but an angry BJP demanded an unconditional apology from the chief minister for his language and accused him of protecting corrupt officials.

“CBI raids my office. When Modi couldn’t handle me politically, he resorted to this cowardice. Modi is a coward and a psycopath (sic),” the CM tweeted as several party leaders called the incident shameful.

The agency refuted the charges, saying its investigators raided the office of senior bureaucrat and the chief minister’s secretary Rajendra Kumar for allegedly favouring private firms in state tenders. Raids were also conducted at 14 other places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, sources added.

Kejriwal’s critics said the former anti-corruption crusader was indulging in theatrics and playing the victim with claims of political vendetta.

Sources say Kejriwal has been keenly pursuing the DDCA case after two former Test cricketers from the city and other functionaries pointed out irregularities in the sports body, which has hobbled from one controversy to another.

“The DDCA is not registered under the Delhi government and it comes under section 25 of the Companies Act,” said the association’s treasurer, Ravinder Manchanda. The Delhi government has no jurisdiction over the DDCA. And we strongly object to the comments made by the Delhi government.”

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