31 Mar 2023

Delhi Excise Policy Scam: Manish Sisodia's Bail Plea Rejected

New Delhi: A special court in Delhi on Friday rejected the bail plea of former Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia in the FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with alleged irregularities in the Excise Policy-2021-22. 

The Special Court of MK Nagpal at Rouse Avenue, after hearing the arguments of the parties concerned, rejected the bail application of Sisodia, 51, who is lodged in Tihar Jail in judicial custody.

CBI had arrested Sisodia on Feb 26

The CBI had arrested Sisodia on February 26 after a long interrogation.
Later, Sisodia was produced before the special court, where he was sent to the custody of the CBI till March 4. His CBI custody was later extended for two more days. . He was sent to judicial custody after the CBI custody ended.

ED had also quizzed Sisodia

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had interrogated  Sisodia during his judicial custody in the CBI case. Sisodia was later sent to ED custody by the special court.

Sisodia was sent to judicial custody in this case as well after the ED's custody was over. He is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

SC had rejected Sisodia's plea

Sisodia had also petitioned the Supreme Court. The top court, while dismissing Sisodia's writ petition on February 28, had said that the petitioner can approach the Delhi High Court.

Sisodia had approached the apex court in the hope of relief, questioning the manner in which he was arrested and the CBI's probe. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha refused to entertain Sisodia's plea after hearing the arguments of the parties concerned.

Sisodia had resigned after not getting relief from SC

Not getting relief from the apex court, Sisodia later resigned as Deputy Chief Minister on the same day, which was accepted.
The CBI had arrested Sisodia late in the evening after nearly eight hours of questioning on Sunday, February 26, in connection with alleged irregularities in Delhi's Excise Policy 2021-2022 (Delhi government had canceled this policy after the controversy) .
The CBI had alleged that Sisodia was not cooperating in the investigation, which is why he was arrested.
The CBI had registered an FIR on August 17, 2022 against Sisodia and 14 other people.

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