Excise Policy: Sisodia Sent To 14-Day Judicial Custody In Money Laundering Case

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia (file image)

New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue Court sent Delhi’s former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia till April 5, on Wednesday in a money laundering case arising out of the excise policy matter.

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday produced Sisodia before the Court at the end of the custodial remand period granted earlier.

The ED didn’t seek further remand and moved an application for judicial custody. Noted this, Special Judge MK Nagpal sent Sisodia to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Manish Sisodia urges Court that he be allowed to carry some religious and spiritual books during judicial custody. Court said, “You move an application in this regard, and we will allow it.”

On the last date of the hearing, while passing the order on remand extension the same Court said, “It cannot be ignored that investigation into an ED case is a complicated affair and keeping in view the intricacies of the case, the multiplicity of the persons/accused involved in the commission of the alleged offence of money laundering and the huge volume of the records or data seized during the investigation and required to be analyzed by the Investigating Agency, it is bound to take some time and the IO or Investigating Agency cannot be faulted or blamed for the same, though they are duty bound to do and conclude it as early as possible.”

The CBI on February 26 arrested Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

The ED arrested Sisodia on March 9 in Tihar jail, where he was lodged in connection with the case being probed by the CBI.


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