Delhi High Court allows jailed Manish Sisodia to meet his ailing wife in police custody

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday allowed former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to meet his ailing wife in police custody on June 3, between 10 am to 5 pm as per rule. Sisodia has moved an interim bail citing his wife’s illness.

The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma said, “He (Manish Sisodia) shall not interact with media, use a mobile phone or access the internet”. The court further directed that the medical report be verified and the medical report of Sisodia’s wife be furnished by Saturday evening positively. The court further added that Sisodia will not meet anyone except family members during this period.

Sisodia’s legal team also moved an interim bail plea in Delhi High Court citing his wife’s medical illness. The application seeks court direction to grant six weeks of bail. The interim bail has been opposed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) through Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, who can visit his wife in a police escort.

The same bench of the Delhi High Court on Friday reserved the order on the regular bail petitions of Manish Sisodia and Vijay Nair, former Communications in-charge of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in te Enforcement Directorate (ED) case related to Delhi excise policy matter.

The same Bench had on Thursday also reserved the order on the plea of Abhishek Boinpally, a Hyderabad businessman, in the same case. A trial court had earlier denied the bail to them.

Recently, the Delhi High Court dismissed the bail plea of Manish Sisodia in a CBI case alleging corruption in the implementation of the previous liquor policy in the national capital. The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma said he is a powerful person and there is the possibility of him influencing the witnesses.

Last month, the Delhi High Court issued notice to ED on Manish Sisodia’s bail petitions in a money laundering case in connection with the alleged excise scam.

The Rouse Avenue Court earlier dismissed the bail plea of Manish Sisodia in a money laundering case related to the excise scam stating, “This case of economic offences having serious repercussions upon the general public and society at large as the evidence collected during investigation speaks volumes of his involvement in the commission of the said offence”.

The court also noted that some evidence is also alleged to have surfaced during the investigation to show that some part of the kickbacks or bribe amount received from South lobby was spent or utilised in connection with the election campaign of the AAP in Goa and some cash payments through hawala channels are alleged to have been sent to Goa for bearing the said expenses and even some fake invoices are alleged to have been created as a cover-up for the cash amounts transferred through hawala channels.

It is stated that the cash transfers were made as per instructions of the co-accused Vijay Nair, who was the representative of the applicant and the AAP and also the media in-charge of AAP and looking after the work related to the elections and he also roped in a company named M/s Chariot Productions Media Pvt. Ltd. owned by the co-accused Rajesh Joshi for the election-related advertising work and other jobs for the party during the Goa elections, noted the court.

Thus, in view of the above background, the serious nature of the allegations made and the role played by the applicant in the above criminal conspiracy, his connection with the activities relating to the generation or acquisition and use etc of the above proceeds of crime within the meaning of Section 3 of the PMLA and the oral and documentary evidence collected in support of the same and as placed for the perusal of the court, this court is of the considered opinion that even if the rigours and restrictions contained U/S 45 of the PMLA are viewed and construed reasonably, the prosecution has still been able to show a genuine and prima facie case for the involvement of the applicant in the commission of the alleged offence of money laundering.

The ED on March 9 arrested former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in the liquor policy case, after hours of questioning at Tihar Jail.

Sisodia was arrested by the CBI earlier in its ongoing investigation of a case related to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). (ANI)

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