Loggerheads Again: Delhi LG VK Saxena For CBI Probe Into Excise Policy ; AAP Says Post Punjab Win CBI, ED, Income Tax Enquiries Coming Soon

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Delhi LG VK Saxena recommended a CBI probe into Arvind Kejriwal government’s Excise Policy, 2021-22, over alleged violations of rules and procedural lapses, officials said on Friday.

The CBI inquiry was recommended on Delhi Chief Secretary’s report filed earlier this month, showing prima facie violations of GNCTD Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009 and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, they said.

Apart from this there were also “deliberate and gross procedural lapses” to provide post tender “undue benefits to liquor licensees”, said the officials.

The new Excise policy 2021-22 was implemented from November 17 last year under which retail licences were given to private bidders for 849 vends across the city divided into 32 zones.

Reacting the LG move, AAP Leader Saurabh Bharadwaj told media and was quoted as saying by ANI, We’d been saying the 2016 situation would return, enquiries by CBI, income tax, ED would be launched to stop us. They are trying all means to hinder our work. They had been after Dy CM Manish Sisodia after our Health Min Satyendar Jain.

Bharadwaj further was quoted as saying, CM Kejriwal’s growing reputation across country, even in Panchayat elections has threatened the centre. We’d been saying, especially after Punjab win, that BJP central govt is scared of us. Several enquiries will be launched in days to come.

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