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Delhi court extends Manish Sisodia's judicial custody

May 21, 2024 12:09 PM IST

Manish Sisodia has been in judicial custody since February 2023, in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

Delhi's Rouse Avenue court has extended the judicial custody of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former deputy chief minister of the national capital, Manish Sisodia, till May 31.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia (PTI file photo)
AAP leader Manish Sisodia (PTI file photo)

Manish Sisodia has been under judicial custody since February 2023, in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

His boss, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was also arrested in connection with a money laundering probe linked to the now-scrapped liquor policy. He is currently out on interim bail till June 2.

The Delhi high court is expected to deliver its verdict on Manish Sisodia's bail pleas linked to the money laundering and corruption cases lodged by the ED and CBI respectively.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma is likely to pronounce the orders on both bail pleas at 5 pm today, per the cause list uploaded on the high court’s website.

On May 14, the Delhi high court reserved its order on Manish Sisodia's pleas after hearing the arguments of the Aam Aadmi Party, CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

Last week, ED named the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as an accused as it filed a fresh charge sheet against Arvind Kejriwal in the excise policy case.

The ED and CBI have opposed releasing Manish Sisodia on bail, claiming concerted efforts by the accused to delay the process of framing charges.

Also read: Delhi court dismisses Manish Sisodia's second bail plea in liquor policy case

The Enforcement Directorate and CBI claim AAP leaders received kickbacks from a group of businessmen and politicians in return for including favourable provisions in the excise policy. The policy was scrapped after Delhi's Lieutenant Governor recommended a CBI probe into the allegations.

The ED has claimed that a significant portion of the kickbacks was funneled by the accused to fund AAP's Goa assembly elections in 2022.

AAP has denied all the charges.

The probe agencies have alleged that the beneficiaries diverted "illegal" gains to the accused officials and made false entries in their books of account to evade detection.

With inputs from PTI

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