Delhi's Special CBI Court has sent Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia to 5-day CBI custody till March 4 for further questioning in the liquor scam case.
New Delhi: Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has been sent on remand till March 4 by the CBI court in the matter of excise policy. In this case, the CBI had asked for a remand of 5 days, which it has got. Sisodia (Manish Sisodia) was produced by the CBI in Rouse Avenue Court on Monday.
During this, the CBI demanded five days’ custody, while Manish Sisodia’s lawyer said that the CBI gave notice to join the investigation, that too when preparations were being made to present the budget in Delhi. He sought time from CBI and went for questioning yesterday. Sisodia was arrested yesterday i.e. on Sunday in the alleged excise scam case.
The CBI has alleged that Sisodia hatched a criminal conspiracy in the liquor scam and also tried to destroy evidence. He was arrested and kept in the CBI Headquarters. Here a team of doctors was called and their medical checkup was also done. Here, the Aam Aadmi Party is protesting against the arrest of Manish Sisodia.
Earlier, after the completion of the hearing in the Sisodia case, the court had reserved the verdict. During the hearing on Monday, Sisodia’s third lawyer Siddharth Aggarwal said, “The CBI wants to investigate the decision which was taken by the cabinet of the elected government. This cannot happen. I am the Finance Minister of Delhi. You see the timing. You are arresting the Finance Minister when he has to present the budget. Before arresting the public servant, permission should have been taken from the competent authority.”
Sisodia’s second lawyer (Mohit Mathur) said, “The excise policy was also discussed with the Lieutenant Governor. LG’s suggestions were also included in the policy. When the discussion took place, where did the conspiracy come from? It was a transferred subject. Still We sent it for LG’s approval.” He said that the CBI gave notice to join the investigation, that too when preparations were being made to present the budget in Delhi.
He sought time from CBI and went for questioning yesterday. Sisodia’s lawyer said that he did not cooperate in the investigation, but went when he was called. Search operation was also done. Now according to CBI did not answer, so it is non-cooperation? It was printed on 19 August. Received notice on 7th September to give the phone. Gave the phone on 9th September.
The CBI told the court that Manish Sisodia is accused number one in the FIR of the liquor policy scam case. The probe agency told the court that the arrested Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi claimed that he had no role in the excise policy matter, but the probe revealed that he took the decision personally. The CBI told the court that it needed Sisodia’s custody for questioning.