Manish Sisodia Arrest: ‘Our doors are open, but we are not ready to entertain’, said CJI
The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has approached the Supreme Court for bail in the liquor policy case, but the top court refused to entertain the plea, asking him to go to the High Court. The SC observed that the arrested AAP leader has remedies under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to approach the Delhi High Court for bail and seek the quashing of the FIR.
Delhi Minister’s lawyer Abhishek Singhvi cited the SC judgment in the Vinod Dua case as the reason why they approached the Supreme Court. After this, Chief Justice Chandrachud said, “This is regarding the prevention of corruption act. The Vinod Dua case was very different. This is a corruption case. Go to the High Court.”
In a reply to the court Manish Sisodia said, “I hold important portfolios, I am not a flight risk.”
The Chief Justice further said, “Our doors are open, but we are not ready to entertain. This will be a very bad precedent and just because it’s happening in Delhi.”
The CJI added, “Political differences in a democratic polity are acceptable and have to be worked out with sobriety. Unless these principles were borne in mind, the effective implementation of constitutional values is liable to be placed in jeopardy.”
The CBI arrested DCM Sisodia on 26th February in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now discontinued liquor policy for 2021-22.
AAP leaders and constantly protesting on roads and on social media. In a tweet attacking BJP, the AAP shared a list of ‘satisfied customers’ of the saffron party’s ‘washing machine service.’ It implies that whoever joins BJP cases against them will get closed. The list of ‘satisfied customers ‘was referred to Union Minister Narayan Rane, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bengal’s leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari, Former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, etc.
Sisodia’s Absence hurts AAP
Sisodia is said to be the right hand of the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and the most important member of the seven-member cabinet. If Sisodia is unable to get bail after five days, who will be the next in charge?
According to the party sources Kailash Gahlot, who holds six portfolios including transport, law and revenue being the major ones may be the choice.
“Gahlot has been attending all-important budget meetings, as well as for other important projects, for over the past 10 days. He may be given the charge of the finance department in the meanwhile, as only the finance minister can present the budget,” a source told the media
The arrest of Sisodia who also holds the finance portfolio came at a time when the Delhi Govt is going to present the 2023-24 budget in the third week of March.
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