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"Modiji won't be able to stop work of Kejriwalji in Delhi": Manish Sisodia
New Delhi: Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while being produced in Rouse Avenue Court for extension of judicial remand in an Enforcement Directorate (ED) case related to the Excise scam told reporters that "Modi ji won't be able to stop the work of Kejriwal ji in Delhi".
"Modi ji may try as much as he wants, but he won't be able to stop the work of Kejriwal ji in Delhi. Modi ji may conspire as much as he wants," said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader on Saturday as he left the Rouse Avenue Court. During the hearing before the Court, Special Judge MK Nagpal extended the Judicial Custody of Sisdodia till May 8, 2023, in the ED case.
The same court had on April 28, 2023, dismissed the bail petition of Manish Sisodia.
The Rouse Avenue Court on Friday dismissed the bail plea of Sisodia stating, "This case of economic offences has serious repercussions upon the general public and society at large as the evidence collected during investigation speaks volumes of his involvement in the commission of the said offence."
Court also noted that some evidence is also alleged to have surfaced during the investigation to show that some part of the kickback or bribe amount received from South lobby was spent or utilized in connection with the election campaign of the AAP in Goa and some cash payments through hawala channels are alleged to have been sent to Goa for bearing the said expenses and even some fake invoices are alleged to have been created as a cover-up for the cash amounts transferred through hawala channels.
"It is stated that the above cash transfers were made as per instructions of the co-accused Vijay Nair, who was the representative of the applicant and the AAP and also the Media Incharge of AAP and looking after the work related to said elections and he also roped in a company named M/S Chariot Productions Media Pvt. Ltd. owned by the co-accused Rajesh Joshi to do the election-related advertising work and other jobs for the party during said elections," noted the court.
Thus, in view of the above background, the serious nature of the allegations made and the role played by the applicant in the above criminal conspiracy, his connection with the activities relating to the generation or acquisition and use etc. of the above proceeds of crime within the meaning of Section 3 of the PMLA and the oral and documentary evidence collected in support of the same and as placed for the perusal of the court, this court is of the considered opinion that even if the rigours and restrictions contained U/S 45 of the PMLA are viewed and construed reasonably, the prosecution has still been able to show a genuine and prima facie case for the involvement of the applicant in the commission of the alleged offence of money laundering.
The ED on March 9 arrested Manish Sisodia in the liquor policy case, after hours of questioning at Tihar Jail.
Sisodia was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier in its ongoing investigation of a case related to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). (ANI)