Delhi Excise Policy: Court Extends Judicial Custody of Manish Sisodia & Sanjay Singh

Delhi Excise Policy

Delhi’s Rouse Avenue has extended the judicial custody of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh in connection with a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam.

Special Judge M K Nagpal extended the custody of the leaders after they appeared before the court upon the expiration of their earlier granted judicial remand.

The ED requested their further judicial custody, asserting that the case was at a crucial juncture and the release of the accused might impede the ongoing investigation.

The CBI initiated the case alleging irregularities in the modification of the Delhi excise policy, extending undue favors to license holders, waiver or reduction of license fees, and the extension of L-1 licenses without appropriate authority approval.

The beneficiaries diverted “illegal” gains to the accused and falsified entries in their accounting records to evade detection.

The ED commenced its investigation based on a CBI case, focusing on the money laundering aspect of the alleged scam.

Sisodia was apprehended in February 2023 by the CBI and subsequently taken into custody by the ED in March from Tihar Jail.

Following his arrest by the CBI, Sisodia resigned as Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.

Sanjay Singh was arrested by the ED in October 2023. He had been elected for a second consecutive term to the Rajya Sabha in January 2024.

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