Patna: Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court sent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh to remand till 10 October in connection with an alleged scam related to Delhi’s new liquor policy. This development has sparked discussions and reactions from various quarters.
Addressing the issue, Prashant Kishor, former poll strategist and founder of Jan Suraj, expressed his views during a press conference in Sitamarhi. He highlighted a common concern that when individuals hold positions of power, they sometimes tend to misuse government agencies and institutions for their own political and personal gains. This misuse of power, Kishor noted, is not a new phenomenon in India and has been observed in various periods, including during the Congress era.
Kishor further said that this trend of misuse of institutions is not limited to any specific political party. It has been witnessed during coalition governments in the past, and it continues to persist today. He pointed out that individuals in positions of authority often utilize these agencies to target their political opponents, creating a perception in the country that those not aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are vulnerable to raids and harassment.
"अगर आप भाजपा से साथ नहीं हैं तो आपपर रेड पड़ेगा, आपको परेशान किया जाएगा… वहीं आदमी जब भाजपा से जुड़ जाता है तो उसपर रेड पड़ना बंद हो जाता है…"— Bihar Tak (@BiharTakChannel) October 5, 2023
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Prashant Kishor raised concerns about the potential bias and misuse of these agencies, stating that the public’s issue is not with the investigations themselves but with the inconsistency in actions. He highlighted instances where individuals facing investigations or actions suddenly find the investigations halted when they join the BJP. This raises suspicions that these agencies might be selectively used against political rivals and raises questions about their impartiality.
Kishor’s remarks reflect the ongoing debate about the role of government agencies and their independence in conducting investigations and taking actions against individuals involved in alleged wrongdoing. The issue of political interference in such matters continues to be a subject of public concern and discussion.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Singh was taken into custody on Wednesday after a day-long interrogation by ED officials at his Delhi residence. The probe agency had sought 10 day remand of the AAP leader to confront him with ‘digital evidence’.
The arrest has sparked a political slugfest between the Arvind Kejriwal-led party and the BJP with calls for the Centre to make evidence against Singh public.