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Sisodia claims CBI officer died under pressure to frame him; agency rejects claim

Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, dropped a bombshell linking the untimely death of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer earlier last week amid an ongoing verbal battle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the now-defunct excise policy in the national capital.

The officer named Jitendra Kumar, whose body was found hanging at his home in Defence Colony in New Delhi, was “pressurised” by the central government to fabricate false allegations against him, said Manishto Sisodia, while speaking at a press conference at the Delhi secretariat.

“Two days back CBI officer committed suicide. We have got to know that Jitendra Kumar, Deputy Legal Advisor in the anti-corruption branch. The illegal FIR made against me was under his supervision. He was pressured to frame charges against me. I urge PM Modi to not pressurise officials to take control of me. He is always thinking of buying MLAs, and dethroning elected governments but never thinks of schools and welfare,” Sisodia claimed in the press conference.

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However, on Monday Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Jitendra Kumar, deputy legal adviser was in “no way connected” with the Delhi excise “scam” probe, as it rejected Delhi deputy chief minister Sisodia’s charge that the officer died by suicide recently as he was under pressure to “frame” him.

“The CBI strongly refutes this mischievous and misleading statement by Sisodia. It is clarified that the gentleman officer late Jitendra Kumar was in no way connected with the investigation of this case. He was deputy legal adviser in-charge of prosecution; in which capacity he was supervising prosecutors who are conducting the trial of already chargesheeted cases in Delhi,” the CBI said.

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