Activist Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday claimed that the recent Central Bureau of Investigation raids in companies related to coal block allocation were staged, a charge denied by Congress.
Kejriwal tweeted, "Received a mail from an officer in one of the raided companies. They were informed two days in advance about raids and were asked to remove all materials.
"The CBI raids on coal companies were an eyewash?" The CBI has filed cases against five companies and charged a number of officials with criminal conspiracy, cheating and intention to commit a crime and had conducted raids.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari denied the allegations, terming it as 'extremely irresponsible'.
"If at all the person who has articulated such an argument has evidence, I think it is incumbent upon him to put it in the public domain.
"If he has just shot from the hip, then it is appropriate that the statement should be withdrawn, because it neither serves the cause of public discourse, nor the cause of responsibility, to make such irresponsible utterances," he said.
Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said, "Given the kind of statements Kejriwal makes every day, I believe that even this time, he has done the same to mislead the country."