Delhi Liquor Scam: Manish Sisodia’s Judicial Custody Extended Again; AAP Leader Says PM Should Follow Constitution

New Delhi: Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court has extended the judicial custody of former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia till June 2 in the CBI case on Excise Policy. The court has also kept the CBI charge sheet for consideration on the next date. Meanwhile, the court has also extended the judicial custody of Amdandeep Dhal. Sisodia was arrested by the CBI and the ED in an ongoing probe in a case related to alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the excise policy of the government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

According to the CBI, Sisodia had played the foremost and most important role in the criminal conspiracy and was deeply involved in the formulation and implementation of the said policy to ensure achievement of the objectives of the said conspiracy.

PM Modi should follow the Constitution: Sisodia

Manish Sisodia told reporters that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should follow the Constitution. He was answering questions from the media at Rouse Avenue on the Supreme Court’s verdict on the power of the Delhi government.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on Manish Sisodia’s bail plea in the CBI case. Manish Sisodia was produced before Special CBI Judge MK Nagpal in the Liquor Policy case, Sisodia was allowed a meeting with his lawyer Irshad Khan.

After the hearing, while answering the questions of the media, he said that the constitution is being insulted. PM Modi should follow the constitution.

On the last date, Special Judge MK Nagpal, while extending the judicial custody, also directed the CBI to supply an e-copy of the supplementary charge sheet filed on April 25, 2023, in the light of the Supreme Court passing yesterday Is.

Advocate Hrishikesh, appearing for Manish Sisodia, had argued that on the basis of incomplete chargesheet/incomplete investigation, we are entitled to statutory/default bail as per SC order. Prima facie it seems that the agency is saying that further investigation is required/pending about me. Therefore, we reserve the right to file an application for statutory bail.

The court had asked the CBI why it did not mention that the investigation against Sisodia was over. The bench said, “You say that you have filed a supplementary charge sheet (within the stipulated time), but you have said that investigation is pending in the matter. Why didn’t you tell that charge sheet is filed against Sisodia after completion of investigation? the court asked the central agency.

The court noted that Sisodia’s counsel argued that a copy of the charge sheet was needed to see whether Sisodia’s investigation was complete or not. The court also noted that though it is not the stage to provide a copy of the charge sheet, an e-copy of the same has been directed to be submitted to him.
The court further noted that the bail hearing in the CBI case is going on in the Delhi High Court, and aspects thereof can be used to press for bail before the High Court.

The court also allowed a copy of the charge sheet to be given to Sisodia by the CBI.

Sisodia was physically produced before the court from Tihar on Monday after the expiry of his judicial custody. Earlier, Special Judge MK Nagpal had denied bail to Manish Sisodia, the allegations leveled against Manish Sisodia are serious in nature and at this stage of the case, he does not deserve to be released on bail as he has I have been arrested on 26.02.2019 only. .2023 and the investigation into his role is yet to be completed, what to say about some other co-accused involved in the case whose role is also being probed.

According to the CBI, Sisodia had played the foremost and most important role in the criminal conspiracy and was deeply involved in the formulation and implementation of the said policy to ensure achievement of the objectives of the said conspiracy.

Payment of advance bribe of approximately Rs. 90-100 crores was meant for him and his other associates in GNCTD and Rs. Out of the above, Rs 20-30 crore was found to be routed through co-accused Vijay Nair, Abhishek Boinapalli and approver Dinesh Arora and in turn, allowed certain provisions of the Excise Policy to be modified and manipulated by the applicant for protection Went. And to protect the interests of the Southern liquor lobby and ensure payment of kickbacks to the said lobby, the court noted.

The evidence gathered so far clearly shows that the applicant was in touch with the Southern lobby through co-accused Vijay Nair and a favorable policy was being prepared for them at all costs and to form a cartel to obtain monopoly. Sale of certain liquor brands of preferred manufacturers was allowed and this was allowed against the very objective of the policy.

Thus, as per the allegations leveled by the prosecution and the evidence collected so far in support of the same, the applicant can be prima facie considered to be the mastermind of the said criminal conspiracy, the court said.

Sisodia, in his bail plea before the trial court, had submitted that no meaningful purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as all the seizures have already been made in the case. Sisodia also said that he joined the probe when called by the CBI. Sisodia further said that other accused persons arrested in this case have already been granted bail, adding that they have held the important constitutional post of Deputy CM of Delhi and have deep roots in the society.

Earlier, the Rouse Avenue court, while sending Sisodia to CBI remand, had directed that the interrogation of the accused during the remand period would be conducted at a place with CCTV coverage as per the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and the said footage would be preserved by the CBI. should go.