Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

Delhi Excise Case: Sisodia Sent To Tihar Jail Till March 20

Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

Former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia was taken to Tihar jail on Monday after the Rouse Avenue Court sent him to Judicial Custody till March 20 in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy in the national capital.

Tihar Prison officials told ANI that the Aam Admi Party (AAP) party leader has been kept in jail No 1.
“Former Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia has been kept in Jail No 1 of Tihar jail,” prison officials told ANI.

Sisodia was arrested last Sunday in an ongoing investigation of a case related to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD).

The Special Judge MK Nagpal on Monday sent Sisodia to Judicial Custody for 14 days after noting that CBI didn’t demand further Custody of him at this time, but it may be sought later if required.

Sisodia has been allowed to have medicines prescribed in his MLC conducted by the CBI officials.

He has also been permitted to carry a pair of spectacles, a diary, a pen, and a copy of The Gita during the judicial custody period.

As requested by Sisodia’s side, the court also directed the Jail superintendent to consider the request of keeping the accused in the vipassana cell/ Meditation cell.

The CBI during the hearing submitted that he has not supported the investigation, and the witnesses were terrified.

“His party and leaders are politicizing the matter and that various important witnesses are to be examined,” CBI added.

On the last date, the Court issued notice to CBI on bail moved by Sisodia and listed the matter for March 10, 2023.

Earlier, Sisodia himself submitted in the court that CBI officials are “taking care of me, treating me respectfully and giving all things and not using any third degree. But they are making me to sit so long 9-10 hours daily and asking the same questions again and again… it not less not mental harassment.” On this the Court directed CBI not to ask repetitive questions.

The former Delhi Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sisodia in his bail petition in a trial court stated that no fruitful purpose would be served to keep him in custody as all the recoveries have already been made.

After the court’s order, party MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “Unless bail is decided, Court has no option but to extend judicial custody. Today CBI had no questions for which they would’ve sought Manish Sisodia’s interrogation. The bail hearing is on March 10 when it’ll be decided if he gets bail or his custody is extended.” (ANI)

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