Court extends Sisodia’s judicial custody till May 30

Sisodia knocked the doors of the Delhi HC, after the Rouse Avenue Court had recently on April 30 rejected his bail plea in the case.
AAP leader Manish Sisodia
AAP leader Manish SisodiaPhoto | ANI

NEW DELHI: The Rouse Avenue Court in New Delhi on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of AAP leader and former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia till May 30 in the Delhi liquor policy case.

After considering the plea of the CBI, Special Judge Kaveri Baweja extended Sisodia’s custody till May 30, after being produced before the court through video conference on the expiry of his judicial custody granted earlier.

The Central Bureau of investigation had registered the case against Sisodia in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor excise policy 2021-22, naming him as one of the accused in the case.

Sisodia had last week, moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Rouse Avenue Court’s order of dismissal of his bail in Delhi liquor scam case, probed by the CBI and ED.

Sisodia knocked the doors of the Delhi HC, after the Rouse Avenue Court had recently on April 30 rejected his bail plea in the case.

Sisodia is presently in judicial custody in both the cases registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate in the Delhi Excise Policy case.

Special judge Baweja, which had reserved its verdict on April 20, dismissed Sisodia’s bail plea, on the ground that the offence committed by the accused (Sisodia) did not make a case for bail.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior lawyer for Sisodia, had submitted to the court that the former Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, is languishing in jail for over a year, as he was arrested on February 26, 2023, for alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 following several rounds of questioning. “He is innocent in the case. He has no role in the Delhi liquor case,” he told the Court.

The prosecutor for the CBI, Pankaj Gupta, opposed Sisodia’s bail plea and said that the accused did not satisfy the rigours of grant of bail under the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering). He said that Sisodia is a powerful person with a “political clout”.

Sisodia was denied bail by the trial court, Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court in both ED and CBI cases. The Supreme Court had also dismissed Sisodia’s review petition, as he sought bail. His curative petition has also been dismissed. So far, he failed to get any relief from courts in the case.

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