Making a sensational claim, Manish Sisodia alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s Deputy Legal Advisor Jitendra Kumar died by suicide after being pressured to frame the Delhi Deputy Chief minister in a false case.
Kumar’s body was found hanging from the ceiling of his flat located in South Delhi’s Hudco Place on September 1. Delhi Police had said that a suicide note was recovered from his possession in which he had not blamed anyone for his extreme step.
“Kumar was forced to make the case “legally sound against me”. That’s why he committed suicide,” Sisodia, who is facing graft charges related to the Delhi Excise Policy, said in a press conference at the Delhi secretariat.
Sisodia also said Kumar knew that nothing was found in the CBI’s raid at his house and his bank lockers. “The CBI officers did not find anything in the raids. Since Kumar was the legal advisor and was looking after my case as well, he had to give the clearance for my arrest. But he was not giving up,” Sisodia said. “He was under continuous pressure and it finally took its toll,” he added.
Sisodia said that he wanted to ask the Prime Minister three questions. “Why are you torturing your officers? Will you keep running Operation Lotus and how many more sacrifices will the officers have to give?” he asked. “PM ji wherever you ask, I will come. I am still ready for arrest. But I am sorry for Kumar and his family,” he added.
Later, AAP leader Atishi Marlena said it was AAP’s sources who told them that Kumar was looking after the Sisodia case and was under pressure.
“From our sources, we got to know that he was advising in the case against Manish Sisodia. He was under huge pressure to clear the arrest warrant for Manish Sisodia. We stand with the family of CBI officer – Jitendra Kumar. We will give all our help to his family,” the AAP MLA said.
“Who was Jitendra Kumar – he was a DLA in the ACB branch of the CBI. He is not an investigating officer. He could give his legal advice on an important case,” she added.