Excise Policy Case: Timeline of Events Leading to the Arrest of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia of Delhi
Sisodia was produced before the special judge MK Nagpalwho extended his custody until March 22. The ED had requested a seven-day extension of Sisodia’s custody.
A heavy deployment of security was carried out in and around the Rouse Avenue courthouse premises.
The Enforcement Directorate told the court that crucial information had emerged during Sisodia’s custody and that he had to confront other accused persons. Among these the former excise commissioner Raul Singh, Dinesh Arora and Amit Arora.
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The former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi also had to confront his former secretary C Arvind, the ED said. C Arvind is not a defendant in the case.
The investigation agency also told the court that voluminous data from Sisodia’s email and mobile and other devices are also being analyzed forensically.
Opposing the ED’s appeal, Sisodia’s attorney said there is not a whisper from the agency regarding the proceeds of the crime, which is critical to the case. There is no justification for extending custody and Sisodia was confronted with only four people during her previous seven-day custody, she said.
The ED arrested Sisodia on March 9 in Tihar Jail, where it was filed in connection with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case into alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of Delhi’s now scrapped excise duty policy for 2021-22. The CBI arrested Sisodia on February 26.
(with PTI inputs)