The Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi on Monday (4 December) prolonged the judicial custody of Rajya Sabha MP and AAP leader, Sanjay Singh, until 11 December, related to the excise policy-associated money laundering case.
Earlier today, Singh was presented before the court as his prior judicial custody had concluded.
In its session on 25 November the Delhi court decided to prolong the judicial custody of Sanjay Singh. It was observed by the court that Singh was first presented on 5 October, and the obligatory timeframe for wrapping up the investigation and submitting the charge sheet would end on 3 December.
On 2 December, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted a charge sheet against the AAP leader regarding this matter. This charge sheet is an additional one in this case, considering the agency has previously filed approximately five others.
The ED apprehended the AAP MP as part of its investigation into money laundering tied to the 2021-22 Delhi Excise policy case. This arrest follows that of another prominent leader, Manish Sisodia, marking him as the second key figure to be detained in this case.
The ED has implicated Singh and his colleagues in the approval process of issuing licenses to liquor stores and traders in 2020, which resulted in financial detriment to the state treasury. Multiple sites associated with Singh have been subject to raids by the investigating agency in the past.
The agency battling against money laundering also claimed that Dinesh Arora, a businessman under accusation, delivered Rs 2 crore in cash in two separate payments to the residence of a Rajya Sabha MP.
For a considerable period, Sanjay Singh and his party have consistently dismissed the assertion.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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