Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain quit cabin, Kejriwal accepts resignation
Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain on Tuesday resigned from their posts in the state cabinet amid corruption allegations against them. Their resignations have been accepted by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, officials said.
The clamour for the resignations of the two ministers have been growing since Manish Sisodia was arrested on Sunday evening in connection with the alleged corruption in implementing the excise policy for 2021-22. Jain, on the other hand, has been lodged in jail since May last year following his arrest in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Sisodia, considered AAP convenor and CM Arvind Kejriwal's closest confidant and administrative number two in Delhi, held 18 out of 33 government portfolios. He also spearheaded AAP's flagship schemes such as rejuvenation of water bodies and initiatives in the education sector.
After the arrest of Jain, Delhi's health minister, Kejriwal had allocated his charge to Sisodia.
Sisodia is currently in a five-day CBI custody. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to entertain his bail plea, saying he needs to approach the high court first.
It has been alleged that Sisodia and other members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) granted liquor licenses to certain traders in exchange for bribes. The ED and CBI registered cases in relation to the alleged scam ..