Delhi excise case: AAP leader Sanjay Singh moves court seeking bail

24 November,2023 04:57 PM IST |  New Delhi  |  mid-day online correspondent

Sanjay Singh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the case on October 4, 2023

Sanjay Singh. File Pic


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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh on Friday moved the trial court with a petition seeking bail in a money laundering case related to alleged liquor irregularities case, reported news agency ANI.

According to his legal team, the petition may come for a hearing on Saturday, reported ANI.

Sanjay Singh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the case on October 4, 2023, reported ANI.

The Special Judge MK Nagpal on Friday extended the judicial custody of Sanjay Singh till December 4, 2023, reported ANI.

Appearing for ED, the Special Public Prosecutor Naveen Kumar Matta apprised the Court that the chargesheet (Supplementary Prosecution Complaint) will be filed in the matter very soon and within the prescribed time limit, reported ANI.

Singh was also produced before the court after the end of the judicial custody period, reported ANI.

Recently, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on Sanjay Singh's plea against Delhi High Court order rejecting his plea challenging his remand and arrest in the alleged liquor irregularities case, reported ANI.

The Supreme Court also kept open for the petitioner to file for regular bail, if so advised and made it clear that shall be considered on its own merits in accordance with the law without being influenced by the impugned judgment, reported ANI.

Recently Delhi High Court dismissed AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh challenging his remand and arrest in the alleged liquor irregularities case, reported ANI.

ED claimed that Singh and his associates played a part in the Delhi government's decision to give licenses to alcohol shops and merchants in 2020, causing losses to the state exchequer and violating anti-corruption laws, reported ANI.

ED has previously searched a number of locations including the homes and offices of Sanjay Singh's close associate Ajit Tyagi and other contractors and businessmen who allegedly benefited from the policy. In its nearly 270-page supplementary charge sheet, the ED has called Sisodia a key conspirator in the case, reported ANI.

The Delhi liquor scam case or the excise policy case pertains to allegations that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22 allowed cartelization and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it, a charge that has been strongly refuted by the AAP, reported ANI.

ED, last year filed its first chargesheet in the case. The agency said it has so far undertaken over 200 search operations in this case after filing an FIR after taking cognizance of a CBI case which was registered on the recommendation of the Delhi lieutenant governor, reported ANI.

The CBI inquiry was recommended on the findings of the Delhi chief secretary's report filed in July showing prima facie violations of the GNCTD Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009, and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, reported ANI.

(With inputs from ANI)

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