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Misuse of Central Investigation Agencies: Manish Sisodia Excise Duty Arrest Case

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Manish Sisodia was an Indian politician who served as the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi. In the past few days, he was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of alleged corruption in a case related to alleged irregularities in the award of contracts for liquor shops in Delhi. The arrest of Manish Sisodia on the excise duty case was controversial, with some alleging that it was a politically motivated move aimed at targeting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which he belongs to, and they have misused the powers of CBI. Read more about the case of misuse of central investigation agencies.

The AAP had accused the central government of misusing central investigation agencies such as the CBI to target opposition politicians. The party alleged that the arrest of Sisodia was an attempt to intimidate and harass its leaders and supporters. 

The Case Regarding The Misuse Of Central Investigation Agencies

Nine leaders from eight national parties, including Chief Ministers K. Chandrasekhar Rao (Telangana), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), and Bhagwant Singh Mann (Punjab), had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the government of ‘misusing of Central agencies and office of Governor to settle scores with Opposition parties outside the electoral battlefield’.

The letter by the leaders has been written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that central agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) were used to frame their leaders and that no action was taken against corrupt politicians who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) chief Chandrasekhar Rao, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) chief Farooq Abdullah, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray all expressed concern about the central government’s deteriorating image.


The arrest of Manish Sisodia on the excise duty case was a controversial issue, with allegations of political motivation and misuse of central investigation agencies. However, the CBI maintained that the arrest was based on evidence of corruption, and the matter is still under investigation.

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