Liquor Policy Scam Bail Plea by Manish Sisodia: Delhi HC seeks ED, CBI Response

On April 30, court rulings dismissed his second bail requests in both CBI and ED cases.
Liquor Policy Scam Bail Plea - Manish Sisodia - Delhi HC seeks ED - CBI Response - taxscan

The Delhi High Court has sought the response from the Directorate of Enforcement ( ED ) and Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ) in the plea for bail raised by Ex-Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

In the money laundering case, Sisodia’s plea for bail was turned down by the trial court, which rejected his arguments regarding the delayed proceedings and attributed the sluggish pace to reasons linked to the AAP leader himself.

Sisodia faced rejections for bail from the trial court, Delhi High Court, and even the Supreme Court in both the ED and CBI cases. His review petitions and subsequent curative pleas were also dismissed by the Supreme Court.

While rejecting his bail plea, the Apex Court advised last year that he could file a fresh bail application if the trial continued at a slow pace.

Manish Sisodia was initially arrested by the CBI and ED on February 26 and March 9 of the previous year, respectively.

The CBIs FIR implicated Sisodia and others in allegedly influencing decisions related to the 2021-22 excise policy without proper approvals, intending to benefit certain licensees unfairly.

The Enforcement Directorate alleged a conspiracy in implementing the excise policy to benefit private companies and claimed coordination by individuals linked to Delhi’s chief minister and deputy chief minister.

Sisodia’s bail appeals were rejected by Special Judge MK Nagpal last year, after which the Delhi High Court and later the Supreme Court upheld these decisions, refusing to grant him bail.

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