'Betrayal Of Democratic Principles': HC Dismisses Manish Sisodia's Bail Application In Delhi Excise Policy Case

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Manish Sisodia's bail application in both the CBI and ED cases related to the Delhi Liquor Excise Policy scam case.
Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia’s judicial custody extended till May 30.

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New Delhi: In a major setback for Manish Sisodia, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) bail application in both the CBI and ED cases related to the Delhi Liquor Excise Policy scam case. Notably, it was Sisodia’s second attempt before the Delhi HC to seek regular bail in the case. The court observed that Sisodia's act were betrayal of democratic principles.
Earlier, on July 3 last year also, the Delhi High Court had dismissed the first regular bail application. Earlier, on July 3 last year also, the Delhi High Court had dismissed the first regular bail application.
Recently, the Delhi Court while denying bail to Sisodia had stated that there was a concerted effort by Sisodia and other co-accused to delay trial in the case.
The High Court said that the petitioner was not able to make out case for grant of bail. "Learned trial court observation regarding the concerted effort by Sisodia and other co-accused to delay trial in the case is not justified."
The HC also holds that there is no delay on part of the prosecution. no delay on the part of the trial court. "No fault can be found with the CBI and the ED as there is voluminous record," the Delhi HC said.
"The case involves great misuse of power by the applicant ( Sisodia). This deceptive act was a calculative move by the applicant," the court added.
The court also pointed that tampering cannot be ruled out if Sisodia is out on bail. "Many crucial witnesses in the case are public servants and possibility of influencing them cannot be ruled out," it added.
Meanwhile, the court said that the AAP leader will be allowed to meet the ailing wife once in a week under custody. as earlier directed by the trial court.
"The AAP leader sought to manipulate the policy formulation and deviated from expert committee report constituted by him," the HC said.
"THE case depicted a grave misuse of power and breach of trust by Sisodia," the HC said. It further added that the material collected in the matter showed that Sisodia subverted the process of making the excise policy by fabricating public feedbacks to suit his goal.
Sisodia was arrested twice, first by the CBI on February 26, 2023, and then by the ED on March 9, 2023. The ED charged him with involvement in irregularities in the excise policy, leading to losses for the state exchequer.
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