19 Feb 2023

CBI Accepts Manish Sisodia's Plea To Defer Questioning In Excise Policy Case

New Delhi: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia  has asked CBI to defer interrogation in the excise policy case. Sisodia wrote a letter to the CBI asking for a few days' time in view of the budget program of Delhi. CBI has accepted Sisodia's plea and given him time to prepare Delhi Budget.

The CBI summoned Sisodia nearly three months after filing the charge sheet in the case. Sisodia, who also serves as Delhi's Finance Minister, sought an exemption and has asked for a week's time as he is busy preparing the budget.

Sisodia said he was preparing the Delhi Budget and wanted more time. “Delhi’s annual budget is being prepared. Being the Finance Minister of Delhi, preparing the budget is very important, so I have requested to shift the date. I have always cooperated with these agencies,” he said.

Sisodia was summoned on basis of fresh available evidence

Sisodia was called for questioning based on the fresh available evidence against him. The summons is in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the excise policy for the national capital.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had in January filed a supplementary charge sheet against five persons besides seven companies in a money laundering case related to the alleged excise policy scam. 

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's name is also not included in the second chargesheet filed by the ED. Sisodia has been named in the FIR lodged in the case.

Vijay Nair, Sharat Reddy, Binay Babu, Abhishek Bonpalli and Amit Arora have been named as accused in the supplementary chargesheet filed in the court of Special Judge MK Nagpal. 

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