Ex-deputy CM Manish Sisodia is the subject of a new CBI investigation following the excise policy investigation. In relation to the Delhi government's feedback unit, which was reportedly used for snooping and gathering political intelligence, it has filed an FIR against Sisodia and 5 others, including former vigilance secretary Sukesh Jain.
After receiving approval from the home ministry and LG to move forward against the accused, the CBI filed the FIR on March 14, TOI reported.
FBU was improperly employed by concerned public employees for a goal other than the one for which it was clearly formed. The agency alleges that funds were improperly distributed and increased without any pertinent work being completed.
The agency will shortly urge other accused people to join the probe even though Sisodia is in judicial custody and will probably be questioned in the jail itself.
The creation of the FBU was authorised by a cabinet decision on September 29, 2015, which was based on a “tabled item with the approval of the chief minister of Delhi,” according to the preliminary investigation, the premise for which the FIR was filed.
The CBI asserts that the FBU began operations in February 2016 but that no action was done to obtain the Delhi LG's clearance before appointing retired people.
Along with Sisodia and Jain, Rakesh Sinha, a retired CISF DIG who served as a joint director of FBU and a special advisor to CM Arvind Kejriwal, is also named in the FIR. Additionally, it lists retired assistant commandant of the CISF and (FBU) officer Satish Khetrapal, former joint deputy director of the Intelligence Bureau and deputy director (FBU) Pradeep Kumar Punj, and Gopal Mohan, Kejriwal's anti-corruption adviser.
The agency has used IPC sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy, falsifying accounts, criminal misconduct by a public official, forgery, etc. against the accused in addition to sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to the FIR, the secretary of vigilance was instructed to present a comprehensive proposal for establishing the unit following the cabinet's decision to establish the FBU.