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SC considers fresh bail plea of ​​AAP leader Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it would consider a fresh petition filed by AAP leader and former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia seeking to revive his bail plea in connection with the alleged excise tax scam cases.

On June 4, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain Sisodia’s bail plea in cases filed by the CBI and ED in connection with the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam.

Sisodia’s counsel and senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi said an application has been filed for revival of a discarded petition filed seeking bail in the cases. The plea said the counsel appearing for the probe agencies had told the bench that the charge sheet and charge sheet in the main tax policy scam case and the linked money laundering case will be filed by July 3, 2024.

“In the Manish Sisodia case, he has been in jail for 16 months. The court said the trial must end, it has not started. I filed special leave application (SLP), they gave liberty to revive after July 3. the court gave freedom to list…,” Singhvi said “Have you mailed… I will look into it,” the CJI said.

While denying bail, the bench on June 4 said Sisodia can revive his bail pleas after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) file their final charge sheet and charge sheet in the cases. involving alleged corruption and money laundering.

A charge sheet is the ED’s equivalent of a charge sheet. The Supreme Court had on October 30 last year rejected Sisodia’s regular bail bonds in the cases but gave him the freedom to approach courts for relief if circumstances changed or the trial dragged on.

A vacation bench of Justices Aravind Kumar and Sandeep Mehta had noted the submissions of Advocate General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED and the CBI, that the central investigating agencies would file their final charge sheet and charge sheet by July 3.

“In the light of the said submissions and considering the fact that the period of ‘6-8 months’ fixed by this Court vide order dated October 30, 2023 has not expired, it would be sufficient to dispose of these petitions at liberty to the petitioner to revive his prayer afresh after filing the final complaint/charge as assured by the Solicitor General,” the bench had said in its order.

It had added in the event of such bail application being filed, the same would be considered on its own merits as already observed by this Court in the order dated October 30, 2023. “The objections of both the parties were kept open. Accordingly, these petitions will be disposed of, ” the bench had said. Solicitor General Mehta told the court that the list of prosecution witnesses will be pruned to ensure speedy conclusion of the trial.

Sisodia had earlier moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court’s May 21 verdict, which rejected his pleas for bail in the cases investigated by the two central agencies.

The AAP leader had challenged in the Supreme Court the April 30 order of a trial court rejecting his bail pleas in the cases related to alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the now scrapped Delhi Tax Policy for 2021-22.

On October 30 last year, the Supreme Court had denied him bail in corruption and money laundering cases related to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam, saying the allegation of Rs 338 crore “windfall profits” to liquor dealers was “preliminarily supported” by evidence.

Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on 26 February 2023 for his alleged role in the liquor policy case. The ED arrested him in the money laundering case arising out of the CBI FIR on 9 March 2023. He resigned from the Delhi Cabinet on 28 February 2023.

Input from PTI

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