The Enforcement Directorate informed a Delhi court today that Manish Sisodia, AAP leader arrested in money laundering case related to excise scam, inserted fake emails to show public approval for the policy.
The agency opposed the bail plea of former Delhi deputy CM in court and submitted evidence that he had planted fake e-mails to support his agenda.
"We have evidence that Sisodia had e-mails planted. These have been received not only in the official e-mail account of the Excise Department but even in his personal e-mail account. The content of the e-mails was given by Sisodia which suited his agenda," the counsel for the ED told the court.
According to the ED counsel, Zakir Khan, Chairman of Delhi Minorities' Commission, was directed to send these pre-drafted e-mails, which were then sent by his interns. The purpose of these fabricated e-mails was to falsely show public approval for the policy.
"Fabricated e-mails were sent to show that there was a public approval of the policy. This is a sham approval... Illegal ecosystem was created to give benefits to the liquor cartels in lieu of kickbacks," the counsel said.
The defence counsel objected to the ED showing the case diary in secrecy and insisted that any evidence used against their client should be presented to them as well.
"Sealed cover business should go. If something is used against me to deny me my liberty... If they are relying on something behind my back... It should be put to me as well," the defence counsel said.
The ED infomed the court that the 60-day period allowed for a probe agency to complete its investigation post an accused's arrest is not yet over.
The matter has been adjourned until 18 April, as per the judge's orders.
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