A Delhi court on on Friday extended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's custody with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) by five more days in connection with the money laundering case related to the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy.
Sisodia was produced before special judge M K Nagpal, who announced the order. Heavy security deployment was made inside and outside the Rouse Avenue Court premises.
The ED told the court that crucial information had come up during Sisodia's custody and he had to be confronted with other accused persons. ED said they found voluminous data from Sisodia's emails, mobile phone etc which was being forensically analysed.
Sisodia's lawyer opposed the federal probe agency's plea and said there is not a whisper from the agency regarding the proceeds of the crime, which is fundamental to the case. He claimed that there was no justification for the extension of custody and Sisodia was confronted only with four people during his earlier seven-day custody.
The ED arrested Sisodia on March 9 in the Tihar jail, where he was lodged in connection with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case pertaining to alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy for 2021-22. The CBI arrested Sisodia on February 26.
With PTI inputs