Last Update: March 09, 2023, 21:01 IST
Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavita on Thursday accused the BJP government at the Center of using investigative agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to target opposition parties and accused East Delhi Condemned the arrest. Deputy Chief Minister leader Manish Sisodia is in a corruption case related to the now canceled excise policy.
Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, called Sisodia’s arrest “unconstitutional and unfortunate”. His reaction came hours after the ED arrested 51-year-old AAP leader Sisodia on charges of money laundering in connection with the case. He was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after his second round of questioning at Tihar Jail, official sources said.
Sisodia’s arrest by the federal probe agency comes a day before his bail plea is scheduled to come up for hearing on March 10 before a CBI court. However, his judicial custody is till March 20. The ED alleged that Sisodia was evasive in his answers and was “not cooperating with the investigation” and hence he was arrested.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Kavita said, “What is being done to Manish Sisodia is unconstitutional and unfortunate and we condemn the arrest. Central agencies are no longer transparent. BJP is targeting the opposition parties through them.
Earlier in the day, Kavita, who appeared before the ED in the Delhi Excise Policy scam case, said she had done nothing wrong and alleged that using probe agencies to target politicians during elections has been BJP’s modus operandi. He was summoned by the ED in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in the excise policy.
The ED had summoned her to appear on Thursday, but the agency agreed to her request to appear on March 11 as she has announced a hunger strike on March 10 in support of the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Kavita Kalvakuntla said that since last June, the central government has been continuously sending agencies like ED to Telangana. Kavita alleged that it has conducted Income Tax raids on more than 500 businesses, NIA has raided 500 to 600 people, ED has raided 200 places and CBI has raided 100 places.
“It is not my issue alone. In our party, at least 15-16 leaders, including MPs and MLAs, have been targeted in different cases. Before (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, wherever elections were held, Kavita said ED reaches there. Why are they using ED now, but we are not afraid.”
The BJP first sets a “narrative” and then finds “characters” to target. The BRS leader claimed that it has been his agenda against political parties, leaders or businessmen who do not agree with his ideology.
(With inputs from PTI)
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