JUSTICE DINESH KUMAR SHARMA DIRECTED THE INVESTIGATING AGENCY TO FILE ITS RESPONSE WITHIN TWO WEEKS.
Everyone except me has been granted bail in this case. I am requesting for the shortest possible date in the case,” Sisodia’s counsel Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan said.
Issue notice. Let reply be filed positively within two weeks. Copy to be given to the other side as well,” the Court ordered.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the bail plea of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia in relation to the Delhi excise policy case.
Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma directed the investigating agency to file its response within two weeks.
“Issue notice. Let reply be filed positively within two weeks. Copy to be given to the other side as well,” the Court ordered.
It then posted the case for further consideration on April 20.
A trial court in Delhi had rejected Sisodia’s bail plea on March 31.
In a detailed order, special CBI judge MK Nagpal had prima facie held that the former excise minister played the most important and vital role in the criminal conspiracy related to the alleged Delhi Excise Policy case.
Sisodia was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the liquor policy case on February 26. Subsequently, he was arrested by the ED on March 9. 2023
therefore, It has been alleged that Sisodia and other members of the AAP connived to grant liquor licenses to certain traders in exchange for bribes.
The central agencies’ case is that the excise policy was tweaked and the profit margins were changed in a manner that benefited certain traders and kickbacks were received in exchange for the same.
The ED and the CBI registered cases in relation to the alleged scam after Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena recommended a CBI probe based on a report by the Delhi Chief Secretary. The report claimed that Sisodia violated statutory provisions and notified a policy that had significant financial implications.
Although Sisodia was not named in the CBI’s chargesheet, the probe remained open against him and some others.
Political party AAP has denied the allegations and maintained that Sisodia is innocent.