In a recent development, the Delhi High Court has dismissed the bail plea filed by Manish Sisodia, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, in connection with a corruption case involving the previous liquor policy implementation in the national capital. The court, presided over by Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, denied bail to Sisodia, citing concerns over his influential position and potential to tamper with witnesses.
Manish Sisodia, a prominent member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), had been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 26, 2023. The arrest came as a result of allegations of corruption associated with the Excise policy in Delhi. Sisodia’s subsequent bail plea, presented on March 31, 2023, was denied by the trial court, prompting him to approach the Delhi High Court seeking relief.
Court’s Decision: Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, while rejecting the bail application, highlighted the possibility of Sisodia using his position of power to influence witnesses in the case. The court noted the close association between the applicant (Sisodia) and various executive officials and bureaucrats, asserting that his influence and clout within the political sphere were evident. Furthermore, the CBI, during the arguments, opposed the bail plea, claiming that Sisodia’s party colleagues in high-ranking positions were making factually incorrect statements to sway the investigation in his favor and alleging political vendetta.
Earlier Proceedings: Prior to the Delhi High Court’s ruling, the court had issued a notice to the CBI regarding Sisodia’s bail plea, challenging the trial court’s decision to deny him bail. This had paved the way for further examination of the case by the higher court.
Conclusion: With the Delhi High Court’s denial of bail, Manish Sisodia’s legal battle continues as he remains in judicial custody. The court’s decision emphasizes concerns over potential witness tampering, citing Sisodia’s influential status within the political landscape. As the corruption case related to the Excise policy scam unfolds, the proceedings will shed light on the alleged wrongdoings and determine the appropriate course of justice.