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Sisodia submits petition for reconsideration of SC decision rejecting his bail plea

Ex-Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, has lodged a plea for a review in the Supreme Court challenging its October 30th ruling that denied him bail in the Delhi excise policy case. Sisodia contends that the evidence presented by the CBI and ED does not establish a case against him. He has cited at least 15 grounds in his review petition to challenge the court's decision.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
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Sisodia submits petition for reconsideration of SC decision rejecting his bail plea

Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has lodged a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the court’s October 30 decision denying him bail in the Delhi excise policy case. Sisodia asserts that the basis for denying him bail was “erroneous,” pointing out that no case was substantiated against him from the documents presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Sources familiar with the matter indicate that Sisodia has raised at least 15 grounds in his review petition, filed through advocate Vivek Jain last week. The petition contends, “There are errors apparent on the face of the record making out a ground for review.”

The Supreme Court bench, comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti, had observed on October 30 that certain aspects were doubtful but tentatively established the transfer of ₹338 crore. This referred to the CBI charge sheet, alleging that the old excise regime’s 5% commission for wholesale distributors was increased to 12% under the excise policy introduced by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in November 2021.

The CBI charge sheet stated, “The excess amount of 7% commission/fee earned by the wholesale distributors of ₹338 crore constitutes an offence as defined under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act, relating to a public servant being bribed.”

According to the ED, this amount constituted proceeds of crime, supporting the CBI’s argument that the new excise policy aimed to provide windfall gains to select wholesale distributors who agreed to provide kickbacks and bribes.

While dismissing Sisodia’s bail pleas in both CBI and ED cases, the Supreme Court directed the trial to be completed within six to eight months. The review petition questions the basis for calculating the ₹338 crore amount, deeming it “erroneous.” It asserts that the court’s ground for denying bail was not substantiated by the documents presented by the CBI or ED.

Sisodia has also requested an open court hearing of his review plea. The allegations against him involve making changes to the Delhi excise policy of 2021, benefiting a group of liquor dealers and causing wrongful loss to the exchequer by increasing the profit margin under the new regime.

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