Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been granted custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by a Delhi court. However, the court has instructed the CBI not to repeatedly ask Sisodia the same questions, as this constitutes mental harassment. Sisodia was arrested last week in connection with alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of Delhi’s now-scrapped excise policy.
During the hearing, Sisodia’s lawyer argued that the inefficiency of the agency could be ground for remand and that Sisodia cannot be asked to incriminate himself. “Non-cooperation cannot be a ground for remand. They cannot say we will wait till he confesses. They should have completed the investigation,” the lawyer contended.
The court has issued a notice to the CBI on Sisodia’s bail plea and directed the agency to file a reply by March 10. The court also directed that the interrogation during the remand period be conducted in a space covered by CCTV in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. The footage will have to be preserved by the CBI.
The CBI arrested Sisodia on Sunday evening in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped excise policy for 2021-22. As the initial five-day remand granted to the CBI ran out, Sisodia was brought to the Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday afternoon amid heavy security deployment.
” CBI has nothing to do with evidence and truth. They are only listening to what the Central government is saying. This whole procedure is meant to trouble Manish Sisodia,” asserted AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj. Party workers had staged a protest outside the premises as the hearing took place on Saturday.
In conclusion, while the CBI has been granted custody of Sisodia, the court has also instructed the agency to refrain from repeatedly asking him the same questions and to conduct the interrogation in a space covered by CCTV in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. The court has also issued a notice to the CBI on Sisodia’s bail plea and directed the agency to file a reply by March 10.