New Delhi, August 19: Delhi Police on Friday detained Aam Aadmi Party workers who gathered outside Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's residence to extend their support after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided his premises.
"They are announcing that they have imposed Section 144 here. Nobody raised slogans or misbehaved, or we did not do anything what do they fear? The more they stop us, the bigger we will grow," an AAP worker claimed after the raid.
AAP workers were protesting against the CBI raid on Sisodia's home, which has been ongoing since this morning.
The CBI searched 21 locations across seven states on Friday in connection with the investigation into the alleged irregularities in the formulation and execution of the Delhi Excise Policy brought in November 2021. The CBI has also registered an FIR in the matter.
"CBI has arrived. We are honest, building a future for lakhs of children. Unfortunate that in this country, whoever does good work is hassled just like this, that is why our country is still not number-1," Sisodia tweeted.
"I extend my welcome to the CBI. I will cooperate with the investigation so that the truth comes out at the earliest. Till now many cases have been filed against me but nothing has come out. Nothing will come out of it either. My work cannot be stopped for a good education in the country," he added.
A top CBI official confirmed that, in addition to Sisodia's residence and 20 other places in Delhi-NCR, the CBI is raiding the homes of four public workers, including former Excise Commissioner of Delhi Arava Gopi Krishna, during whose term the new Excise policy was approved.
"Raids are going on at 21 places in Delhi and NCR, including the residence of Manish Sisodia and premises of four public servants in the Excise Policy case."