Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh has alleged that Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids were on at the residences of his colleagues Ajit Tyagi and Sarvesh Mishra. The raids are in connection with the now-cancelled Liquor Excise Policy.
Singh took to Twitter to lash out at the BJP government in the Centre. Tagging the raid "political vendetta," Singh tweeted: "Modi's bullying is at its peak. I am fighting against Modi's dictatorship. The fake investigation of ED was exposed in front of the whole country."
He added that "nothing was found from him, so ED has now moved to the houses of Tyagi and Mishra." Singh said that Sarvesh's father was suffering from cancer and he would continue to fight the false accusations.
The AAP has re-tweeted Singh's video message and accused the central investigative agency of harassing his aides.
It is alleged by the ED and the CBI that the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22 to grant licences to liquor traders allowed cartelisation and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it. AAP strongly refutes the charges.
The policy was subsequently scrapped and the Delhi lieutenant governor recommended a CBI probe, following which the ED registered a case under the PMLA.
Sanjay Singh had earlier claimed that the ED had apologised to him for allegedly naming him in its chargesheet by "mistake". AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had then called out the ED for the same on Twitter: "Does anyone get named in the chargesheet by mistake? It is clear from this that the whole case is fake..."
Kejriwal then alleged that the Prime Minister was playing dirty politics to defame and stop the country's most honest and fastest-growing party.
ED sources told PTI that the name of Sanjay Singh appears four times in the chargesheet out of which one reference is wrong and was typed inadvertently. The agency said it has moved a petition in the court to correct the mistake.
Following this, Sanjay Singh wrote to the Union finance secretary seeking sanction to prosecute ED director Sanjay Kumar Mishra and assistant director Jogender Singh for 'knowingly and intentionally' making 'untrue, defamatory and incriminating' statements against him. Singh also sent a legal notice to the officers to issue an open and public apology.