Delhi Excise Policy case: Delhi court sends Manish Sisodia to CBI custody till March 4
New Delhi, February 27: Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court on Monday has sent Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to CBI custody for five days (till March 4) in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case.
The CBI arrested Manish Sisodia on Sunday and brought him to Rouse Avenue Court for seeking five days remand of him. A CBI counsel told the court that the Delhi Deputy CM's custodial interrogation was required for an effective investigation into the case.
While seeking five days' remand of Manish Sisodia, the CBI said, "Conspiracy was hatched in a very planned and secret manner."
Meanwhile, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan appeared for Manish Sisodia and opposed the remand application of the CBI. "If someone is not willing to say something, that cannot be a ground for arrest," argued Sisodia's lawyer.
"What should I do with a phone that I changed? I am a minister, I cannot send it to a second-hand shop, it would have important data. The CBI confronted me with the material, but I did not confess. The remand application says I gave evasive replies. This cannot be a ground for remand. They searched my residence on August 19, 2022. I handed over my phone. They called me to join the investigation and I joined. I cooperated," Advocate Dayan Krishnan argued for Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
The CBI on Sunday released a statement on Sisodia's arrests, claiming he was giving evasive replies and wasn't cooperating in the ongoing investigation in the liquor scam case.
The agency further said Sisodia had been summoned earlier on February 19 in connection with the ongoing probe but had sought a week's time citing the Delhi Budget.