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Business News/ News / India/  Excise policy case: Delhi High Court denies interim bail to Manish Sisodia
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Excise policy case: Delhi High Court denies interim bail to Manish Sisodia

Excise Policy Case: Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, however, allowed Manish Sisodia to meet his ailing wife in custody for one day as per her convenience between 10 am and 5 pm

AAP leader Manish Sisodia (PTI)Premium
AAP leader Manish Sisodia (PTI)

The Delhi High Court today refused to grant interim bail to AAP leader Manish Sisodia in a money laundering case arising from the alleged excise policy scam.

The former Delhi deputy chief minister had sought release on a temporary basis for six weeks on grounds that he was the sole caretaker of his ailing wife. His plea for regular bail in the matter is pending before the high court.

Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, however, allowed Manish Sisodia to meet his ailing wife in custody for one day as per her convenience between 10 am and 5 pm.

Earlier, on May 30, the court had dismissed the bail plea of Sisodia in the excise policy scam being probed by the CBI, saying he is an influential person and the allegations against him are very serious in nature.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed the plea for interim bail on grounds of possibility of evidence tampering.The ED lawyer has also claimed that Sisodia's wife has been suffering from such a medical condition for the last 20 years.

The Delhi government implemented the policy on November 17, 2021 but scrapped it at the end of September 2022 amid allegations of corruption. Sisodia, who was arrested on March 9, is currently in judicial custody in the case lodged by the ED.

Sisodia held 18 portfolios as a minister and did not have time to visit his wife. Now he is creating all these grounds to get bail.

Advocate Zohaib Hossain also informed the Court that documents related to excise policy has been removed from the vigilance secretary's office on the day of the Supreme Court verdict on services and an FIR concerning the removal of documents has been filed and the incident is being probed.

Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur appeared for Sisodia and submitted that Sisodia is the sole caretaker of her wife as his only son is studying abroad.

On ED's submissions that Sisodia held 18 portfolios, it doesn't means he didn't take care of his wife. We also work very hard sometimes we start working from early day to late night, but it doesn't mean, we are not caretakers, we don't go to our home and do not care about our family.

On Friday, the Delhi High Court had allowed former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to meet his ailing wife in police custody on June 3, between 10 am to 5 pm as per rule.

Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia who was brought to his residence on Saturday were not able to meet his ailing wife as she got admitted to LNJP hospital ahead of Sisodia's arrival.

*With agency inputs

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Published: 05 Jun 2023, 02:14 PM IST
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