The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain have resigned from their posts in the state cabinet. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accepted their resignations, which will now be sent to Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena.
The decision comes two days after Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. The CBI is investigating alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the Delhi government.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s plea challenging his arrest in connection with the excise policy case. The apex court suggested Manish Sisodia move to Delhi High Court. The court refused to interfere in the matter, saying that it may open the gate of people approaching the top court in every such matter.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s Minister Satyendar Jain has also been quizzed by the CBI in Tihar Jail in connection with alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy. Jain is presently in judicial custody in connection with another case related to a money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Several other arrests have been made recently by the CBI and ED in connection with alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy. The CBI has also quizzed Vijay Nair, who is also lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the ED case related to the Excise policy. Nair was granted bail in a CBI case by the Trial court earlier.
The developments have come as a major blow to the AAP government in Delhi, which has been pushing for transparency and clean governance. The resignations of Manish Sisodia and Jain have raised questions about the AAP government’s handling of the situation and its commitment to fighting corruption.
The AAP has been facing criticism from opposition parties and civil society groups over the alleged corruption and irregularities in the implementation of various policies and schemes in Delhi. The party has been defending itself, saying that it is committed to fighting corruption and that it will take strict action against anyone found guilty.