Manish Sisodia News LIVE Updates: CBI records statement of 3 accused in excise policy scam
CBI has filed an FIR against 15 persons, including Deputy CM Sisodia, in a corruption case related to the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy. The agency on Friday raided 31 places, including the premises of Sisodia as well as some bureaucrats & businessmen. The AAP leader has defended excise policy as “one of the best” and accused BJP of conspiring to stop Arvind Kejriwal in the 2024 polls.
Delhi Excise Policy Case: Interrogation Details
Three accused were called to the CBI headquarters on Saturday where their statements were recorded and they were confronted with some documents of financial transactions recovered during the searches.
The accused were questioned for nearly 12 hours after which they were allowed to go home, officials said. Some of them will be called again for questioning, they added.
Officials said once the process of examining the documents and electronic gadgets as well as the bank transactions is complete, summons will be issued to other accused.
CBI questions 5 accused summoned on Saturday
worldtimeshindi learned that the questioning by the CBI of the 5 accused in the Excise Policy case has been completed. Their statements are presently being analysed, and on the basis of the same, the summons will be issued in the upcoming days.
BJP fires 5 questions at AAP
Speaking to worldtimeshindi, Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta put forth several questions before the AAP amid the excise policy scam probe. He asked, “If there is no scam then, then why was the commission of the liquor vendors increased from 2.5 per cent to 12 per cent’ Why did you decrease the number of dry days from 21 to 3′ Because it would increase their sale. They haven’t answered why they waived Rs 144 crore of the liquor mafias. Rs 30 crore earnest money, which was to be forfeited, why did you return it’ Why did you bring blacklisted companies like Khau Gali in this'”
‘Issue not excise fraud, but Arvind Kejriwal’, says Sisodia
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Saturday addressed a press conference a day after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids at his residence in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy of 2021-2022. Sisodia defended the AAP government and claimed the Excise policy introduced by his government was one of the best. He called the CBI raids against him a conspiracy unfolded by the central government to stop Arvind Kejriwal and stated that in the 2024 general elections, it will be Arvind Kejriwal fighting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
What is the Delhi excise policy case?
Last month, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the AP government’s revamped Excise Policy. According to an assessment report, the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 involved alleged violations and procedural lapses that led to a loss of over Rs 150 crore to the exchequer.
Recently, LG Saxena suspended 11 officials, including the then Excise Commissioner and Deputy Excise Commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari, in the matter.
Following the CBI raids, Sisodia said he would cooperate in the probe to find the truth, which would be established in court. He said that nothing incriminating was found against him so far.
CBI raids Manish Sisodia
The CBI on August 19 raided Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence in connection with the irregularities in the excise policy of 2021-22. Searches were carried out at 31 locations across cities. Sisodia, who is in charge of the Excise Department, confirmed the raids on Twitter.