Sisodia made conscious efforts to destroy evidence of money laundering: ED tells court
New Delhi, March 10: The act of proactively destroying evidence leads to only one conclusion that Manish Sisodia made deliberate efforts to destroy evidence of the offence of money laundering, said the Enforcement Directorate in a request for Sisodia's remand in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.
Advocates Zohaib Hossain and Naveen Kumar Matta appeared for the ED and argued that the statement given by Manish Sisodia on March 7, 2023, and March 9, 2023, has been untrue.
"On being asked about his association with Dinesh Arora, who handled the transfer of kickbacks from the South Group to Vijay Nair, he gave an answer contrary to what has been revealed by independent persons/stakeholders," he added.
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When asked if Sisodia had asked Dinesh Arora to come and sit next to him in a meeting held to resolve the issues of the retailers before the commencement of the business in 2021, he denied the fact. Then he was confronted with the statements of his own Secretary C Arvind, Pankaj Bhatnagar, Asst. Commissioner, who had organised that meeting and Amit Arora, a retailer, all have verified and corroborated the fact that during that meeting Manish Sisodia behaved with Dinesh Arora in a manner which showed the liquor industry that they had a close working relationship, the ED told the Court.
In the excise policy case, Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court on Friday remanded Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia to the Enforcement Directorate until March 17.
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