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Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court Orders Preservation Of Footage Of Misbehaviour With Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia’s legal team filed an appeal with Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday, alleging that security guards had mistreated him within the court building on May 23. The court then ordered the preservation of the CCTV footage from that day, which shows the court complex.

Following accusations that Mr. Sisodia was handled roughly, the Delhi Police on Thursday also filed a request with the court asking for permission to only produce Mr. Sisodia through video conference.

The production of him physically, according to Delhi Police, “creates chaos” with AAP supporters and media personnel congregating in the court’s hallways.

In light of this, Special Judge MK Nagpal made it plain that Sisodia will only be produced in court through video conference and that there will be no in-person appearances till a decision is made on the application.

Additionally, Mr. Sisodia appeared in court today by video conference from the court’s holding area.

The Court previously took note of the additional charge sheet brought against the former deputy chief minister of Delhi, Sisodia, in the money laundering case associated with the Delhi Excise policy issue.

According to the supplemental charge sheet submitted by the ED, the current accused Sisodia’s acts are to blame for the approximately 622 crore in proceeds of the crime. Naveen Kumar Matta, a special public prosecutor, filed the supplemental charge sheet.

There are more than 2100 pages in the supplementary charge. There are 271 pages in the functioning component. The charge was submitted within the allotted 60 days.

In this case, the ED detained Mr. Sisodia on March 9. He had already been detained by the CBI on February 26. He is the 29th suspect in this investigation to be detained.

The charge sheet in this case has already been submitted by the CBI. The High Court denied him bail in the CBI case last week. The High Court is currently deliberating on his bail in the money laundering case.

Earlier, the trial court had rejected Mr. Sisodia’s request for bail in a case involving money laundering.

While dismissing his bail Rouse Avenue Court had stated that “this case of economic offences having serious repercussions upon the general public and society at large as the evidence collected during investigation speaks volumes of his involvement in the commission of the said offence”

The court also noted that some evidence is also said to have emerged during the investigation to show that some of the kickback or bribe amount received from South lobby was spent or utilised in connection with the election campaign of the AAP in Goa. Some cash payments through hawala channels are alleged to have been sent to Goa for bearing the said expenses, and even some fake invoices are alleged to have been created as a cover-up for the cash amounts transferred.

The co-accused Vijay Nair, who represented the applicant and the AAP and served as the party’s media in charge, was said to have given the instructions for the aforementioned cash transfers. The court also noted that Nair hired M/S Chariot Productions Media Pvt. Ltd., a business owned by the co-accused Rajesh Joshi, to handle the party’s election-related advertising and other tasks during the relevant elections.

Thus, in view of the above background, the serious nature of the allegations made and the role played by the applicant in the above criminal conspiracy, his connection with the activities relating to the generation or acquisition and use etc. of the above proceeds of crime within the meaning of Section 3 of the PMLA and the oral and documentary evidence collected in support of the same and as placed for the perusal of the court, this court is of the considered opinion that even if the rigours and restrictions contained U/S 45 of the PMLA are viewed and construed reasonably, the prosecution has still been able to show a genuine and prima facie case for the involvement of the applicant in the commission of the alleged offence of money laundering.

After spending hours being questioned at Tihar Jail, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 9 March arrested Manish Sisodia in the liquor policy case.

The CBI previously detained Mr. Sisodia as part of an inquiry into suspected irregularities in the formulation and application of the National Capital Territory of Delhi’s (GNCTD) excise policy.

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