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Face narco test over allegation against CBI or step down for ‘lying’, BJP leaders tell Sisodia

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New Delhi, Oct 18: BJP leaders on Tuesday challenged Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to appear for a narco test over his allegations that the CBI tried to pressure him into quitting the AAP and joining the BJP, or step down from his post for ‘lying’.

West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Verma said if Sisodia is an honest leader he should agree to a narco test or resign for making allegations against CBI officials.

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“If any CBI officer has asked Sisodia to join BJP then he should name that officer. If he cannot do so, he should either prepare for the narco test or resign from his post,” Verma said in a press conference.

Another Delhi BJP leader Kapil Mishra said Sisodia should either undergo narco and lie-detected tests or tender an apology for “lying”.

Mishra, a former minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government, said the allegations by Sisodia, an accused in the Delhi Excise policy case, should be seen as a “shameless” attempt to “influence” the probe.

Sisodia, who was questioned for over nine hours on Monday at the CBI headquarters in connection with the alleged Delhi Excise policy scam, had claimed that he was offered the chief minister’s post if he quit the AAP.

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“Pressure was put on me to quit AAP. I was offered Delhi chief minister’s post or face a jail term,” Sisodia said.

Speaking to reporters, Mishra hit back at the AAP leader and said, “I challenge Sisodia to face a narco or a lie detector test to find out the truth or (he should) take back his statement against the CBI and tender an apology by the evening.”

The CBI has refuted Sisodia’s allegations.

“The CBI strongly refutes these allegations and reiterates that the examination of Sisodia was carried out in a professional and legal manner strictly as per the allegations against him in the FIR. The investigation of the case will continue as per the law,” the agency said in a statement.

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The CBI in August registered an FIR in a special court here against Sisodia and 14 others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 477A (falsification of records), and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI probe into alleged violations of rules and procedural lapses in the implementation of the Delhi Excise policy 2021-22 was recommended by Lt Governor VK Saxena based on a report by the Delhi chief secretary.

The AAP Government withdrew the policy without citing any reason and accused the BJP of trying to obstruct its good work in health and education and toppling it from power by “misusing” its agencies. (PTI)

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