Delhi Court Extends Judicial Custody of Manish Sisodia in Excise Policy Case

A Delhi court has extended the judicial custody of former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia until July 15 regarding his involvement in the Excise Policy scam. The decision was made by Special Judge Kaveri Baweja via a video conference on Saturday, July 7, as Sisodia’s previous custody period had expired.

Manish Sisodia, a prominent leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), was presented at the Rouse Avenue court. His continued detention follows a series of legal proceedings related to alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of Delhi’s Excise Policy.

Earlier this week, on July 3, the court had instructed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to provide Sisodia and his legal team with copies of supplementary charge sheets and other relevant documents within two days. Additionally, the court allowed ten days for Sisodia’s counsel to review these documents and report any discrepancies.

In a significant setback for Sisodia, the Delhi High Court in May 2024 denied his bail plea. Justice Swarna Kanta Sharma, overseeing the bail hearing, noted that Sisodia failed to present a convincing argument for his release. Justice Sharma emphasized the severity of the allegations, stating, “The case at hand is a grave misuse of power and breach of public trust by the applicant, who was serving as Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi at the relevant point.”

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The court also highlighted concerns over Sisodia’s potential involvement in the destruction of critical evidence, including electronic records, given his influential political status.

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