Manish Sisodia Seeks Bail in Delhi High Court for Excise Policy Scam Cases

Manish Sisodia, former Delhi deputy CM, seeks bail in excise policy scam case; Delhi HC to hear plea on May 3, 2024. Outcome could impact AAP's political future.

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Manish Sisodia Seeks Bail in Delhi High Court for Excise Policy Scam Cases

Manish Sisodia Seeks Bail in Delhi High Court for Excise Policy Scam Cases

Manish Sisodia, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, has approached the Delhi High Court seeking bail in the corruption and money laundering cases related to the alleged excise policy scam. The cases are being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Sisodia's bail plea was mentioned before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora for an urgent hearing. The court agreed to list the case on Friday, May 3, 2024, stating that the judge will go through the file and the case will be heard the next day.

The former deputy chief minister has been in custody since February 26, 2023, and is currently being probed by both the CBI and the ED in relation to the Delhi excise policy case. The case involves allegations that Delhi government officials had connived to grant liquor licenses to certain traders in exchange for bribes.

Sisodia has challenged the trial court orders dismissing his second bail pleas in both CBI and ED cases on April 30, 2024. The trial court had rejected Sisodia's plea, stating that the proceedings in the case have not been delayed and that the case is progressing steadily, despite apparent attempts by Sisodia to slow it down.

The court also observed that there was a concerted effort by Sisodia and other co-accused to delay the trial by filing frequent and sometimes frivolous applications. Additionally, the court rejected Sisodia's argument for interim bail based on his wife's poor health condition, noting that his son can take care of her.

Sisodia has been denied bail by the trial court, Delhi High Court, and the Supreme Court in both the ED and CBI cases. The Supreme Court had also dismissed his review petitions and curative petitions.

The CBI has accused Sisodia and others of being instrumental in recommending and taking decisions regarding the 2021-22 excise policy without the approval of the competent authority, with an intention to extend undue favors to the licensees post tender. The ED has alleged that the excise policy was implemented as part of a conspiracy to give wholesale business profits of 12 percent to certain private companies.

Why this matters:

As the case continues to unfold, the Delhi High Court's decision on Sisodia's bail plea will be closely watched. The court's observations and ruling will shed light on the strength of the evidence presented by the investigating agencies and the merits of Sisodia's arguments for bail. The case has the potential to impact the political landscape in Delhi and the future of the AAP, as Sisodia has been a key figure

Key Takeaways

  • Manish Sisodia seeks bail in Delhi excise policy corruption case.
  • CBI and ED investigating Sisodia's role in alleged policy scam.
  • Trial court rejected Sisodia's bail pleas, citing delay tactics.
  • Supreme Court dismissed Sisodia's review and curative petitions.
  • High Court's decision on bail plea will impact Sisodia and AAP.