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Will Manish Sisodia get bail today? SC to hear pleas of AAP leader in Delhi excise policy scam

The AAP has been alleging that the probing agencies have made a 'false' case against its leader who has been imprisoned for the last 15 months. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also alleged that PM Modi wants to crush the Aam Aadmi Party using agencies like ED and CBI.

Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 New Delhi Updated on: October 12, 2023 10:49 IST
AAP leader Manish Sisodia
Image Source : PTI AAP leader Manish Sisodia

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear bail pleas of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)  leader Manish Sisodia in excise policy scam cases lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED). The Apex Court had posed a volley of questions to the probing agencies about the Delhi excise policy 'scam' and asked how a case was made out against former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. The former deputy Delhi CM was arrested by the CBI on February 26 for his alleged role in the 'scam'.

"We understand that there was a policy change and everyone will support policies which are good for business. Pressure groups are always there but policy changes without money consideration will not matter. It's the money part which makes it an offence. If we go to an extent to say that there cannot be any pressure groups, no government can function. Lobbying will always be there. Of course, bribes cannot be accepted," observed the court and stated that merely because some lobby or pressure groups had sought a certain policy change does not imply there was corruption or commission of crime unless an element of bribery was involved.

While referring to the ED's allegation that Rs 100 crore was used by the AAP in the Goa assembly election campaign, the court said, "Have you established the money laundering charge against Manish Sisodia? I am on as far as the money in Goa is concerned. He (Sisodia) did not get the possession of proceeds of the crime, somebody else had. It's not an acquisition by him but by someone else. Use is also by someone else."


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