We Respect SC But Do Not Agree With Order Dismissing Sisodia Bail Plea: Atishi

After the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of Manish Sisodia in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy case, Aam Adami Party (AAP) minister Atishi said that her party does not ‘agree’ with the order of the apex court.

Atishi while addressing a press conference here said that the AAP will study the order and explore legal options.

“We respect SC but do not agree with order dismissing Manish Sisodia bail plea. We will study it and explore legal options,” she said.

Further, the Delhi minister said that her party was and will remain honest.

“Not even a single leader of AAP is corrupt. The AAP was honest, is honest and will remain an honest party,” Atishi said.

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of Manish Sisodia in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy case.

Meanwhile the BJP has claimed that the SC order proves corruption is steeped in the AAP and soon the Delhi Chief Minister will get arrested

“After this decision, it has been proved that Manish Sisodia and AAP are full of corruption… Now the arrest of top leaders of AAP is near… Arvind Kejriwal too will get arrested” said BJP leader an Lok Sabha MP Manoj Tiwary.

In February 2023, Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI for alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of now-scrapped Delhi’s new excise policy.

The policy was withdrawn amid allegations of foul play by the opposition. Sisodia is currently in judicial custody.

According to the CBI, Sisodia had played the most important and vital role in the criminal conspiracy, and he had been deeply involved in the formulation as well as the implementation of the said policy to ensure the achievement of the objectives of the said conspiracy.

“We have dismissed the bail plea of Manish Sisodia,” the court said on Monday.

The order was delivered by a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti.

However, the court directed to complete the trial in the case in six to eight months. The court also remarked that if the trial in the case proceeds at a slow pace, Sisodia can apply for bail again after three months.

The court, while refusing bail, also took note of the aspects regarding the transfer of a money trail of 338 crore, which is tentatively established.

Manish Sisodia had moved the Supreme Court for bail in CBI and ED cases related to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy case. He had challenged the Delhi HC order rejecting his bail plea. The Delhi High Court had denied him bail in both matters.

Recently, the Supreme Court reserved judgement on the bail pleas of Manish Sisodia in the liquor policy irregularities cases

In its order passed on July 3, 2023, in the ED case, the Delhi HC had stated that this court, inter alia, was of the view that, in view of the high political positions held by the accused and his position in the party in power in Delhi, the possibility of influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out. (ANI)

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