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Breaking Down The Charges Against Manish Sisodia That Led To His Arrest

Swarajya Staff

Feb 27, 2023, 01:36 PM | Updated 01:59 PM IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia (via Getty Images).
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia (via Getty Images).

The Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and Excise Minister, Manish Sisodia, was arrested by the CBI on Sunday (26 February) after he was questioned for eight hours.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accused Sisodia of not co-operating with the investigation and being evasive in his replies.

He was booked under IPC sections 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and 477A (falsification of accounts) and provisions of the Prevention Of Corruption Act, including Section 7 (taking undue advantage to influence a public servant by corrupt or illegal means or by the exercise of personal influence).

The charges against Sisodia include promoting the formation of cartels through back-door deals, granting excessive profit margins, destroying evidence and other illegal activities as part of a criminal and political conspiracy led by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders.

Here is a list of charges against Sisodia that led to his arrest:

  • According to reports, Sisodia was questioned about various aspects of Excise policy, alleged link with Dinesh Arora, and message exchanges from multiple phones.

    He was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the excise policy.

    The CBI said that Sisodia provided evasive answers and failed to co-operate with the investigation.

  • The AAP government's policy granted unwarranted advantages to license holders, such as waiving or reducing license fees, and extending L-1 licenses without the necessary approval of competent authorities. These "benefits" were reportedly given to private players in exchange for kickbacks.

    The beneficiaries of these favors are said to have diverted "illegal" profits to the accused officials and made false entries in the account books.

  • Sisodia is accused of waiving Rs 143.46 crore to the liquor lobby and refunding license fees to defaulters, causing a loss of revenue to the exchequer.

  • According to the investigation agency, Sisodia destroyed evidence during the investigation and used multiple phones during the period of the alleged scam. He allegedly destroyed digital evidence worth Rs 1.38 crore.

In August 2021, Delhi Lt Governor V K Saxena recommended CBI investigation into alleged irregularities in Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

This led to the Delhi government withdrawing the policy entirely and destroying evidence.

(with inputs from PTI)

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