Last updated: October 17, 2022 7:26 am IST
Updates to Delhi Excise Policy Case Study: Delhi Deputy Prime Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia is due to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi on Monday for questioning in relation to the Delhi excise case.
The scheme came under scrutiny after LG Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended a CBI investigation into alleged irregularities in the implementation of Delhi’s Excise Directive 2021-22.
Sisodia is among 15 individuals and entities named in a CBI-registered FIR in relation to alleged irregularities in the implementation of Delhi’s excise policy. The CBI previously held Sisodia’s residency in connection with his case.
Shortly after the CBI’s renewed subpoena, AAP’s Saurabh Bhardwaj held a news conference on Sunday and claimed that Manish Sisodia was being “arrested” in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in Gujarat, where the deputy CM will be running for the AAP.
“We understand the fact that Manish Sisodia will not be arrested on Monday for alcohol fraud but because of the upcoming Gujarat elections. The BJP is afraid of the programs that Manish Sisodia has next month and are therefore arresting him,” said Saurabh Bhardwaj.
Here are the latest updates in the case so far:
- Sisodia said he will appear before the CBI and cooperate with the agency in the investigation.
- Arvind Kejriwal, Prime Minister of Delhi and AAP chief, also responded to the CBI’s subpoena, saying: “Prison bars and hanging nooses failed to deter Bhagat Singh’s intentions. This is the second fight for freedom. Manish and Satyendar are today’s Bhagat Singh”.
- The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided at least 25 locations in the nation’s capital on October 14 as part of its ongoing money laundering probe of the now-abolished Delhi Excise Duty Directive.
- Vijay Nair, a businessman and close associate of Delhi Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia, businessman Abhishek Boinpally and liquor businessman Sameer Mahendru have been arrested in the case so far.
- ED has also filed a Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA) money laundering case based on the CBI FIR.
- The CBI investigation was recommended following the findings of the Chief Secretary of Delhi’s report, filed in July, which prima facie found violations of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009 and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, officials said. The agency registered one case in August.
- In particular, Sisodia, which holds several portfolios in the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi, including excise and education, had previously called for a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the policy.
- The excise duty policy, formulated on the basis of a report by the Expert Committee, was implemented on November 17 last year, and under the policy, retail licenses were issued to private bidders for 849 outlets across the city, divided into 32 zones.
- The AAP government’s Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, which offered huge discounts to consumers, was scrapped on July 31. The policy went under the radar after allegations of corruption and irregularities in the policy’s drafting and implementation surfaced.
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