Former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia granted interim bail for niece’s wedding

Manish Sisodia, former deputy CM of Delhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, has been granted interim bail for three days by Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court in the liquor policy case. The bail allows him to attend the wedding of his niece. Special CBI judge M K Nagpal sanctioned the interim bail for February 13-15.

Previously, on February 5, the court permitted Sisodia to visit his ailing wife once a week while in custody. Special judge M K Nagpal also extended Sisodia’s judicial custody until February 22 after he was presented before the court at the end of his earlier remand.

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The judge adjourned Sisodia’s bail application in excise policy-related cases filed by the CBI and the ED. Sisodia had requested custody parole to visit his ailing wife twice a week. The judge directed the CBI to submit a detailed status report about its ongoing investigation into the alleged excise policy case by February 22, the next hearing date, after the defence counsel raised concerns about incomplete disclosure regarding the status of the investigation.

During the proceedings, the CBI stated that the investigation is ongoing and at a crucial stage. It reported that the probe concerning the 16 charge-sheeted accused has been completed, with further investigation ongoing against other accused and suspects.

The defence counsel objected to the submission, citing incomplete status reports and the need for time to scrutinize translated documents received recently. They argued against proceeding with the charge without the investigation’s completion.

The court directed the CBI to install software in the defence counsel’s laptops to facilitate access to the case-related bulky files. Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on February 26 last year in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, subsequently resigning as Delhi deputy chief minister. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) later arrested Sisodia in Tihar jail on March 9 in a money laundering case related to the excise policy matter.