Delhi: Court extends judicial custody of Manish Sisodia in excise duty scam case

A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of jailed AAP leader Manish Sisodia in a corruption case related to the alleged Delhi Excise scam.

According to PTI report, Special Judge MK Nagpal Sisodia’s custody extended Till March 22 after presenting him in the court after the remand ends. The judge passed the order after the CBI counsel claimed that the investigation was at a critical stage and if he was released on bail, Sisodia could obstruct the ongoing investigation or flee justice.

CBI and ED It is alleged that irregularities were committed while revising the Delhi Excise Policy 2020-21, including giving undue benefits to license holders, waiving or reducing license fees and extending licenses without the approval of the competent authority.

Sisodia, a former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 26, 2023, for his alleged role in the scam. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Sisodia on March 9, 2023, in a money-laundering case linked to a CBI FIR.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the judge also heard arguments on an application filed by some accused in the case objecting to starting arguments on framing of charges, PTI reported.

The report quoted Supreme Court decisions, Defense lawyer Nitish Rana told the court that further investigation cannot be conducted once the trial begins and the trial begins only after the charges are framed. The judge reserved order on the application and is likely to pronounce it on March 22.

Last month, Sisodia had sought early hearing of his two curative petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the court’s 2023 verdict denying him bail in corruption and money laundering cases related to the alleged Delhi Excise policy scam case.

Meanwhile, as for AAP leader Sanjay Singh, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear on March 19 the plea filed by Singh challenging a Delhi High Court order which quashed the alleged Delhi-related money laundering case. I had refused to grant him bail. Excise policy scam.

Singh was arrested by ED in this case on October 4 last year.

(With PTI inputs)