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Delhi High Court denies bail to Sisodia in excise case

Delhi High Court denies bail to Sisodia in excise case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's bail plea in the 2021-22 excise policy case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The AAP leader's bail plea was heard and reserved for judgement on May 11. On Tuesday, Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma pronounced the order.

The judge said the allegation that the excise policy was framed at the instance of South Group with mala fide intention to give undue advantage to them was of a serious nature.

"Such a conduct points towards the misconduct of the applicant who was admittedly a public servant and was holding a very high position," the judge said.

The judge also took note of the fact that Sisodia was an influential person capable of influencing witnesses who are also public servants.

"The allegations are very serious in nature. The accused was a public servant... We have not examined the excise policy nor the power of the government. However, the applicant being a powerful person, there is the possibility of him influencing the witnesses," Justice Sharma said.

Sisodia had challenged before high court Special Judge M. K. Nagpal's order denying him bail on March 31.

Judge Nagpal of Rouse Avenue Court had prima facie held that Sisodia played the most important and vital role in the criminal conspiracy related to the alleged Delhi Excise Policy case.

The CBI had earlier opposed the bail plea, pointing out the position and political clout of Sisodia and the fact that he had control over various departments, including the Excise Department. The CBI also charged him with destroying evidence and a mobile phone on the day the matter was referred by the Lieutenant Governor to the CBI.

Previously, it was submitted that "the change from 5 per cent to 12 per cent in the interest rate was made to get the kickback money. He (Sisodia) made the policy in such a way that guaranteed return in the form of kickbacks came".

The CBI had arrested Sisodia on February 26, later the Enforcement Directorate arrested him on March 9.

(IANS inputs with minor edits)

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