Delhi liquor scam case: ED extends Manish Sisodia's custody by 5 days
The Delhi court on Friday extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Delhi’s former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia by 5 days in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy scam. The hearing will now be heard on March 22 at 2 pm.
The senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was arrested by ED on March 9 and is probing money-laundering allegations linked to the Delhi liquor scam. He was sent to ED custody on March 10 for 7 days.
Sisodia’s lawyer argued in a court that if, after investigating the case for seven months, they seek further custody, they have to show what have they got.
The AAP leader argued that the ED questioned him only for 30 minutes to one hour every day and did not need to keep him in jail any longer. To which the ED reverted that it is because, in CBI’s case, he complained of mental harassment.
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Earlier, Manish Sisodia had complained to the court that the CBI asked him the same questions everyday, after which the agency was ordered not to repeat its questions.
Sisodia’s lawyer argued in a court that if, after investigating the case for seven months, they seek further custody, they have to show what have they got. Making its case, the ED repeated its allegation that Sisodia had changed their mobile phones multiple times.
AAP alleged that CBI could not find anything incriminating during Sisodia’s interrogation and that they were willing to let him off on bail, so another agency was brought in to chase a new case.
The 51-year-old leader was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 26 for his alleged involvement in the now-scrapped liquor scam. It has been alleged that Sisodia and other members of the AAP connived to grant liquor licenses to certain traders in exchange for bribes.
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