DELHI PWD Minister Satyendra Jain Raided: Kejriwal Cries Conspiracy
RESIDENCE of Delhi PWD Minister Satyendra Jain was raided by CBI on Wednesday in connection with hiring of architects for certain projects in the Union Territory. He is accused of violation of the prescribed process for hiring of consultants for a government body that is under his Ministry. Reacting to the raid on his colleague, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cried foul.Satyendara Jain, Minister for Public Works Department has been accused of violating rules to hire a creative team for PWD.”CBI raids my house for hiring creative team by PWD. Professionals were hired for different projects. All were forced to leave by CBI,” Jain said in a post that was retweeted CM Kejriwal. Officials have confirmed that searches at five more locations, including residences of other PWD officials and private persons, were carried out. The CBI has also registered a fresh case against Jain. CBI alleges that the contract documents for the hiring of 24 people for “mohalla clinics” and other PWD projects were not in order. The search team arrived at the minister’s doorstep a day after the CBI closed an investigation into his daughter Soumya Jain’s appointment as an adviser to the “mohalla clinic (neighbourhood clinic)” project launched after AAP took power in Delhi. AAM Aadmi party claims CBI did not find any evidence to prosecute Soumya Jain.Commenting on the raids on his colleague, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, quoting a report, said the creative teams had been approved by the central plan body NITI Aayog. “The Aam Aadmi Party is not going to stop with this practice,” Sisodia said while hitting out at the Centre alleging it is using the CBI to distract people from the good work the state government is doing.