Manish Sisodia Case: ED Seeks 10 Days Custody

According to officials, the ED arrested Manish Sisodia after questioning him for 8 hours inside the Tihar jail as part of its money laundering investigation into alleged irregularities in Delhi’s 2021-22 excise policy. CBI arrested Sisodia in the same case on February 27
The ED brought former Delhi minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia to Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi on Friday for a hearing on the agency’s request for a 10-day remand in the Delhi liquor policy case.

ED arrested Sisodia on Thursday in a money laundering case related to an Excise policy scam. He was apprehended while in judicial custody in Tihar Jail, where he was being held in a CBI case.

The ED questioned the former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi on Thursday in connection with accusations of kickbacks of Rs 100 crore received by the AAP and its leaders through the Hawala channel.

The former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister was also questioned about Arun Pillai and K. Kavitha, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter, and their possible involvement in the case. The CBI has arrested Sisodia as part of its ongoing investigation. Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi sent him to Judicial Custody until March 20.

The first chargesheet was filed by ED last year. The agency stated that it has conducted nearly 200 search operations in this case since an FIR was filed, with the CBI case being registered on the recommendation of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena.
After the custody of Sameer Mahendru, managing director of Delhi’s Jor Bagh-based liquor distributor Indospirit Group, in the case, the ED raided three dozen places in Delhi and Punjab in October and later arrested him.

ED and the CBI claimed that abnormalities were committed while modifying the Excise Policy, and those license holders were given unfair advantages.

In addition, it was claimed that the Excise department decided to reimburse an Earnest Money Deposit of approximately Rs 30 crore to a successful tenderer in violation of the rules established. Despite the absence of an enabling provision, it was claimed that due to Covid-19, an exemption on tendered license fees was permitted from December 28, 2021, to January 27, 2022. This resulted in a loss to the exchequer of Rs 144.36 crore, according to the agencies.

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