Delhi excise scam case | Manish Sisodia’s CBI custody extended by 2 days till March 6; bail plea to be heard on March 10

Rouse Avenue Court posts the hearing on Mr. Sisodia’s bail plea to March 10, at 2 p.m.

Updated - March 16, 2023 12:32 pm IST

Published - March 04, 2023 02:17 pm IST - New Delhi

AAP leader Manish Sisodia after he was produced in the Rouse Avenue Court in New Delhi on March 4, 2023.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia after he was produced in the Rouse Avenue Court in New Delhi on March 4, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

A Delhi court on March 4 extended former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s CBI custody by two days. Mr. Sisodia was arrested on Feb. 26 in a corruption case related to the excise policy.

Earlier, the Rouse Avenue Court posted the hearing on Mr. Sisodia’s bail plea to March 10, at 2 p.m.

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After the CBI claimed that Mr. Sisodia was ‘not cooperating’, the court of Special CBI Judge M.K. Nagpal announced the extension of remand.

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Mr. Sisodia told the court that he was being repeatedly asked the same questions again and again. ‘This is mental harassment,’ Mr. Sisodia told the court.

The Judge then directed the CBI to not to ask the same questions to Mr. Sisodia.

“Please don’t ask same questions again and again. If you have something new ask him,” the court said.

Mr. Sisodia’s lawyers had also filed a bail plea in the court that was posted for hearing on March 10.

Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) for the CBI Pankaj Gupta, during the hearing, told the court that Mr. Sisodia’s custody should be extended for three more days.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia, leaves after being produced in the Rouse Avenue Court in connection with the Delhi excise policy case, in New Delhi on March 4, 2023.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia, leaves after being produced in the Rouse Avenue Court in connection with the Delhi excise policy case, in New Delhi on March 4, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

“He is still non-cooperative. We also need to examine some more people,” the SPP said, to which Justice Nagpal questioned the CBI as to how long the agency had interrogated Mr. Sisodia in last 5 days.

Responding to this, the CBI claimed that he was interrogated daily, but claimed that as Mr. Sisodia moved Supreme Court, it wasted lot of time of the agency.

Reacting to this, Mr. Sisodia’s lawyers and senior advocates Dayan Krishnan and Mohit Mathur argued that the CBI cannot ask for extension of the custody on the same ground again and again. They alleged that the CBI wanted their client to confess something he hadn’t done and otherwise there was no point of asking the same question many times.

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The lawyers also highlighted Mr. Sisodia’s wife’s medical condition and added that there is no progress in the CBI’s plea from day one till now.

“In this case, while considering all these things, my wife’s medical condition has been brushed aside. She is basically in a vegetative state and her body is degenerating,” Mr. Sisodia told the court through Mr. Mathur.

There was heavy security presence in and outside the Rouse Avenue Courts premises. The supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party staged a protest outside the premises and raised slogans.

The CBI on February 26 evening arrested Mr. Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped liquor policy for 2021-22.

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