AAP to be made accused in excise policy scam case: ED opposes Manish Sisodia’s bail plea in Delhi HC

The ED made the submission while opposing Manish Sisodia's bail plea in the money laundering case.

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Updated14 May 2024
CBI arrested Manish Sisodia on February 26, 2023 after which he was sent to Tihar Jail. (PTI)
CBI arrested Manish Sisodia on February 26, 2023 after which he was sent to Tihar Jail. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) informed the Delhi High Court (HC) on Tuesday that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be made an accused in the next chargesheet in the money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy scam. 

The ED made the submission while opposing the bail plea of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the money laundering case.

While opposing Manish Sisodia's bail plea, the law enforcement agency said there were concerted efforts by the accused to delay a trial in the excise policy scam case. The ED said a supplementary chargesheet will be filed very soon. 

“AAP is going to be made a co-accused in the next prosecution complaint (charge sheet) to be filed in the case,” ED's counsel contended before Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma. However, Manish Sisodia's counsel argued that the central agencies were still arresting people in connection with the case, and there was no question of an early conclusion of the trial.

The Delhi HC has reserved an order in Manish Sisodia’s bail plea.

Over 250 petitions have been filed despite there being only 17 arrests. The investigation officer needs to be there in the court almost every day, said the ED while opposing Manish Sisodia's bail petitions.

The ED recently filed a fresh chargesheet, naming Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha and four others as accused.

In the excise policy case, Kavitha, an MLC of the BRS party, along with three employees from Chariot Productions Media Pvt Ltd—Damodar Sharma, Prince Kumar, and Chanpreet Singh—who managed AAP's Goa campaign, have been named as accused.

A former employee of India Ahead News Channel, Arvind Singh, has also been listed as accused in the most recent charge sheet, sources were quoted as saying by PTI.

Eighteen people, including Arvind Kejriwal, have so far been arrested in the excise policy scam case. This is the seventh chargesheet that was filed in the case.

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