Supreme Court denies bail to Manish Sisodia in Delhi excise policy scam case
The court’s ruling pertains to cases involving alleged corruption and money laundering linked to the Delhi excise policy scam, where a transfer of Rs 338 crore was tentatively established.
A bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice SVN Bhatti stated that it had taken into account the statements of investigating agencies, indicating that the trials in these cases are expected to conclude within six to eight months. However, the bench also mentioned that if the trial proceeds in a “sloppy manner,” Sisodia could reapply for bail in three months.
AAP leader Atishi expressed the party’s respect for the Supreme Court but conveyed its disagreement with the court’s decision. During a press conference following the ruling, Atishi mentioned that the court had issued pointed questions to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) during the bail hearing, including queries about the money trail. She also noted that the case primarily relies on the statement of one approver, Dinesh Arora.
Despite the court’s sharp observations, an unfavorable verdict was handed down. Atishi stated that the AAP would carefully study the order and explore its legal options to determine the next course of action.
(With agency inputs)