The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) search at the premises of Delhi Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia is one of the longest searches by the central agency in the last five years.
The CBI on Friday carried out searches at 31 locations in Delhi, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Bengaluru on the premises linked to Sisodia, A Gopi Krishna, then Excise Commissioner Delhi, and several others in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.
At the residence of Sisodia, the search started at around 8.30 am and continued for almost 16 hours. During the search, the CBI team not only searched the premises of Sisodia but also scanned his car parked at his official bungalow at Mathura Road here. During the search, the agency recovered several incriminating documents, articles, digital records etc.
Before Sisodia, the CBI also searched the premises of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son Karti P Chidambaram earlier this year in connection with the alleged bribe for visa scam case. The search went on for over seven hours on May 17 this year.
Similarly, the CBI also searched the premises of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife and former Bihar Chief minister Rabri Devi and their daughter Misa Bharti in connection with the land for job scam on May 20 this year. The searches at their premises were carried out for over five hours.
Last year, the CBI carried out searches at the premises of senior NCP leader and former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The search was conducted in relation to a case of a leak of purported CBI preliminary enquiry report giving him a clean chit during the initial stage. The searches at residential premises of Deshmukh in Mumbai and Nagpur lasted for over seven hours.
The CBI had also carried out searches at several locations linked to several politicians in several cases earlier.