The CBI on Monday questioned Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's wife in an ongoing probe against the minister over allegations of money laundering, prompting the AAP government to accuse the Modi government of using the agency to "silence dissenters".
Sources in the CBI said the premier investigating agency had sought time from the Minister's wife.
In early June, Jain was also questioned by the CBI on charges that he had laundered around Rs.4.6 crore through these shell companies.
Central agencies raiding the AAP's offices is nothing but a ploy to divert attention from the Vyapam scam, Panama papers and alleged irregularities in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged.
However, the minister in Arvind Kejriwal's cabinet had refuted the allegations against him.
According to the BJP-led central government, Jain has used two men - Sanjay and Suresh - for sending hawala money to businessmen in Kolkata.
"But we believe these persons do not exist", Bharadwaj told reporters.
Criticising the investigation, AAP officials said that the central government is carrying out "vendetta politics" against the party. "Jain then asked that the remaining three witnesses be also brought before him and be confronted by him, but the income tax department refused to do so". The department produced one of them, Bablu Pathak, before Jain and within five minutes he confessed that he had no dealings with Jain.
Another day, another raid! "Centre trying to silence dissenters via caged parrot", Delhi government spokesperson Arunoday Prakash tweeted. The CBI thinks that these two, the statement says, have been working at Jain's residence since 2010.