CBI reacts to Manish Sisodia allegations

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New Delhi: Hours after Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged central government pressure behind the suicide of a CBI officer, the investigative agency on Monday issued a statement reprimanding the party leader Aam Aadmi (AAP) for his “mischievous and misleading” comments.
The CBI also clarified that the deceased officer had no connection to the investigation into Delhi’s liquor policy.

In a statement, the Central Bureau of Investigation said: “CBI strongly refutes Manish Sisodia’s malicious and misleading statement. It is clarified that Gentleman Officer Late Jitendra Kumar was in no way connected with the investigation into the affair.”

“The excise policy matter is under investigation. As such, no clear cut signal has been given to any of the defendants. Manish Sisodia’s malicious and misleading statement is an attempt to divert attention from the ongoing investigation into the Delhi excise policy matter and also amounts to interference in the proceedings of the investigation into the death of the gentleman,” he added.

The clarification came after Manish Sisodia claimed it was the Centre’s pressure on Jitendra Kumar to file a bogus complaint against the Delhi minister that forced him to commit suicide.

At a press briefing, Sisodia said, “He couldn’t take the mental pressure and committed suicide. Arrest me if you wish, but don’t destroy your officers’ families.”

Jitendra Kumar, Deputy Legal Adviser of the CBI, died by suicide at his south Delhi residence on Thursday.

A senior police officer said he received a call to the Defense Colony police station around 6:45 a.m. about a man found hanged, and a crime squad, along with a mobile forensic team, arrived on places.

“Kumar was appointed Assistant Legal Adviser to the CBI. He was found hanged at his home in Hudco Place. He originally belonged to Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. A suicide note was also found in which he was wrote that no one was responsible for his death,” the officer said.

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