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A court in Delhi has initially named Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia as the mastermind behind the criminal conspiracy in the liquor scam. The court refused to grant bail to Sisodia, noting that this could negatively affect the investigation of the case and seriously hamper the investigation. The court reserved its verdict after the hearing on March 24.
In his 34-page order, Special Judge MK Nagpal of Rouse Avenue Court said it has emerged that Rs 90-100 crore has been paid as bribes intended for Sisodia and his other associates in the Delhi government. Of this, Rs 20 to 30 crore came through co-defendants in the Vijay Nair case, Abhishek Boinapalli and Dinesh Arora (who has now become more approving). In return, certain provisions of the excise policy were changed in favor of the South’s liquor lobby.
Played an important role in the liquor policy
According to the court, the arguments show that the applicant played a key role in the criminal plot. He is also closely involved in formulating and implementing the relevant policy to serve the intended purpose. Thus, according to the allegations of the Prosecution and the evidence in this regard, the applicant can prima facie be regarded as the mastermind behind the criminal conspiracy. The application for bail is therefore rejected.
CBI’s argument… investigation will be affected, risk of destruction of evidence
CBI counsel opposed Sisodia’s plea for bail, saying it would affect the investigation. While Sisodia doesn’t risk leaving the country, he can certainly destroy the evidence. This thing should not be ignored.
detention serves no purpose
Sisodia’s plea for bail argued that there would be no point in keeping him in custody as all the seizures in the case have already been made. He joined the investigation when he got a call from the CBI, he said. The other suspects arrested in this case have already been released on bail.