Manish Sisodia Misused Official Position: CBI In Delhi HC

Manish Sisodia (file image)

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday opposed the bail plea of former Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in Delhi High Court and claimed that he ‘misused’ his official position and introduced changes in Excise Policy.

CBI claimed that the changes introduced by the applicant not only facilitated the cartelization of the liquor trade but also enabled the South Group to recover kickbacks paid by them upfront.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju also submitted that the applicant misused his powers and introduced favorable provisions in the new policy.

He said “This was done to facilitate the monopolization of wholesale and retail liquor trade in Delhi for the accused persons of the South Group for siphoning off 6 percent out of 12 percent windfall profit margin for wholesalers provided in the policy in lieu of upfront money/ kickbacks of Rs 90- 100 Crores paid by the South Group. Out of the said amount, INR 30 crores was paid through Hawala channels using Dinesh Arora.”

CBI further claimed that the case is a “deep-rooted conspiracy”. The Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, after taking note of the lengthy submissions made by CBI, fixed April 27, 2023 date for further hearing.

In its reply, the CBI also stated that “The applicant (Sisodia) enjoys close nexus with the executive, offices and bureaucrats and his influence and clout is evident. His party colleagues holding high ranks continue to make factually wrong claims in order to influence the investigation and also claiming the applicant to be victim of a political vendetta.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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