Manish Sisodia will remain in Tihar Jail No-1, the court has given permission to take Bhagavad Gita
Delhi Excise Policy Case- Former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has been sent to judicial custody till March 20 by the court. He will stay in jail number-1 of Tihar Jail. AAP leader and former minister Satyendar Jain are lodged in jail number 7 of Tihar.
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia has been sent to Tihar Jail. (PTI file photo)
1. Manish Sisodia sent to Tihar Jail, will remain in jail number 1
2. Court allows carrying Bhagavad Gita, medicines, spectacles
3. Also urged to allow Vipassana (meditation)
New Delhi. Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was on Monday sent to judicial custody till March 20 in the excise scam case. Manish Sisodia will stay in Tihar Jail’s Jail No-1. While Satendra Jain is in jail number 7 of Tihar. The distance between the two jails is about 500 meters, but there are many boundaries in between. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the court that it no longer needed the custody of senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Sisodia. Sisodia was produced before Special Judge MK Nagpal.
AAP leader Manish Sisodia was handed over to CBI custody for the first five days and later for two days for questioning. After the expiry of this period, Sisodia was produced in court today. At the outset, the CBI counsel argued before the court that the probe agency is not seeking the AAP leader’s custody as of now, but may seek custody later if required. The CBI accused AAP supporters of ‘politicising’ the case.
#WATCH | Delhi: Former Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia was taken to Tihar jail. He was sent to judicial custody till March 20, in the case pertaining to the Delhi excise policy case. pic.twitter.com/z7cmGGObw3
— ANI (@ANI) March 6, 2023
Now there is no need for CBI custody
The court said, ‘An application has been filed to send the accused to judicial custody. It has been argued that CBI custody is not required now and can be sought later if required. Because of these arguments, the accused is sent to judicial custody (JC) till March 20.
Court allows Sisodia to carry Bhagavad Gita, spectacles, medicine etc.
to jail and directs Tihar Jail authorities to consider his request to allow Vipassana (meditation) Given. The CBI arrested Sisodia last week in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the liquor policy for 2021-22, though the policy has now been cancelled.
AAP defends again
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party said that there was no need to seek custody of Sisodia by the CBI for further questioning in the Excise Policy matter. AAP’s national spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed, ‘There was no hearing on his bail application. The court had to consider two options, either to send him to judicial custody or to extend his police custody. The CBI had no questions, no basis to seek his custody for questioning him. The CBI did not have any documentary evidence.
Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said that its spokespersons are alleging in television discussions that the Excise Policy case is a case with clear evidence and showing fake documents to claim that there is a scam. The AAP leader said, “If they have evidence, why don’t they hand it over to the CBI.”
The court will now hear Sisodia’s bail application on March 10. The AAP spokesperson also said, “If he is granted bail, his judicial custody will end.”