The ED’s action comes a day before a court is due to meet here to hear Sisodia’s bail application in the CBI filed case against him and for which he was remanded in custody. The agency is set to seek custody of the AAP politician for further questioning when it appears in court on Friday. Sisodia is “accused No. 1” in the case, according to the CBI FIR which was the basis for the ED to register an investigation under the Money Laundering Prevention Act. The former deputy CM was arrested by the CBI on Feb. 26.
ED Arrested Sisodia After CBI Finds No Evidence: Kejriwal
Reacting to Sisodia’s arrest, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Manish was arrested for the first time by the CBI. They found no evidence against him and no money was found in the raids. The hearing on the His bail application is scheduled for tomorrow [Friday] and would be released. So today the ED arrested him. They have only one purpose: to keep manish inside at all costs creating new fake cases every day. The public is watching and will give an answer.”
मनीष को पहले CBI ने गिरफ़्तार किया। CBI got involved in the game , the team got involved कल बेल पर सुनवाई है। कल… https://t.co/cJGWIZLJRd
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1678368646000
Before the ED started asking questions Sisodia, former MP CM was questioned by the CBI, both before and after his arrest. The CBI alleged before the court that Sisodia had been evasive and uncooperative during questioning. Her secretary, other associates and party officials have already filed their statements with both the CBI and the ED.
Sources said the ED seeks to question Sisodia in custody as he remains evasive in his answers despite being confronted with statements from other defendants in the case that could be crucial in determining the trail of “proceeds of crime”. The ED has already filed before the court in its pre-trial detention notes and two earlier filed charge sheets that the earnings of Rs 100 crore would be given to AAP officials by the liquor cartel in Delhi to control retail distribution and wholesale in the national capital.
Manish Sisodia is held in prison with criminals: AAP
Sisodia was also the excise minister in the AAP government and his then secretary C Arvind, a Danics officer, had filed statements with the ED according to the alleged irregularities in finalizing the 2021-22 excise policy. Arvind’s statement, ED says, demonstrates that the GoM was allegedly bypassed to finalize excise policy that left enough loopholes in favor of a cartel being promoted to take advantage of it.
Delhi Liquor Police Case: ED Arrests Manish Sisodia on Money Laundering Charges