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Manish Sisodia’s Judicial Custody Extended Until May 31 in Delhi Liquor Policy Case

Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court has extended the judicial custody of Manish Sisodia, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former deputy chief minister of Delhi, until May 31. Sisodia has been in custody since February 2023 due to his involvement in the Delhi liquor policy case.

Additionally, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested in connection with a money laundering investigation related to the now-defunct liquor policy. He is currently out on interim bail until June 2.

The Delhi High Court is expected to rule on Sisodia’s bail pleas today concerning the money laundering and corruption charges brought by the ED and CBI, respectively. Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma is slated to announce the decisions at 5 pm, according to the high court’s website.

On May 14, the Delhi High Court reserved its decision on Sisodia’s pleas after hearing arguments from AAP, the CBI, and the ED.

Last week, the ED named the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as an accused in a new charge sheet filed against Arvind Kejriwal in the excise policy case.

Both the ED and CBI have opposed granting bail to Sisodia, accusing the involved parties of deliberately delaying the process of framing charges.

The ED and CBI allege that AAP leaders received kickbacks from a group of businessmen and politicians in exchange for incorporating favorable provisions into the excise policy. The policy was subsequently revoked after Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor recommended a CBI investigation into the allegations.

The ED has asserted that a significant portion of the kickbacks was used to fund AAP’s campaign for the 2022 Goa assembly elections.

Investigators claim that the beneficiaries funneled “illegal” proceeds to the accused officials and falsified their accounting records to avoid detection.

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