Delhi Excise Policy Scam: High Court Rejects AAP Leader Manish Sisodia's Bail Plea

Manish Sisodia was arrested for alleged corruption regarding the excise policy and further, the Central Bureau of Investigation contended that liquor companies were also involved in this scam.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia

Delhi High Court rejected former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's bail request on Tuesday regarding the alleged liquor policy scam.

According to reports, it was a one-bench judge by Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma who pronounced the judgement today.

Aam Aadmi Party leader was arrested on February 26 regarding a money laundering case involving the excise policy.

The high court, while pronouncing its verdict on the bail plea, said Sisodia is an influential man and the possibility that witnesses could be influenced if he is released on bail cannot be ruled out.

The CBI had arrested Sisodia for alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 following several rounds of questioning.

He has challenged the March 31 order of a trial court which had dismissed Sisodia's bail plea in the matter, saying he was "prima facie the architect" of the "scam" and had played the "most important and vital role" in the criminal conspiracy related to alleged payment of advance kickbacks of Rs 90-100 crore meant for him and his colleagues in the Delhi government.

He is also in custody in a related money laundering case.

(With PTI inputs)