Manish Sisodia Bail: The Supreme Court is going to hear the bail plea of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday. The court has issued notice to CBI and ED and sought their reply. Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia was arrested in the Delhi liquor scam in February this year. He has filed an application in the Supreme Court for bail because the Delhi High Court rejected his bail plea.
During the hearing held in the Supreme Court last month, the hearing on bail petitions was postponed till September. Sisodia has sought bail from the court citing his wife’s illness. The investigation of Delhi liquor scam is being handled by both the central investigating agencies, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED). Since Sisodia’s name cropped up in the liquor scam, AAP is being continuously cornered by BJP.
Delhi High Court rejected the bail plea
Earlier, on July 14, the Supreme Court had sought response from CBI and ED on the bail sought by Sisodia in the ongoing case. The bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice SVN Bhatti had said that after looking at the medical report of Sisodia’s wife, it appears that she is stable. Therefore, Sisodia’s interim bail petitions will be considered along with the regular bail petitions in the cases. With this, both the investigating agencies will be given more time to file replies to the petitions.
In fact, on May 30, Delhi High Court had refused to grant bail to Sisodia in the case registered through CBI. The High Court said that being a former Deputy CM and Excise Minister, he is a ‘high-profile’ accused. Because of this he can influence the witnesses.
What was said in the bail petition?
In his bail plea filed in the Supreme Court, Sisodia argued that there is no documentary evidence, not even allegation, that anyone has given him bribe. Sisodia says that there is no document available to prove that bribe was demanded by him. Apart from this, even during the raid and search operation conducted at the house, nothing was found which made him an accused.