Manish Sisodia, deputy minister of Delhi, was arrested yesterday by the CBI after being interrogated for more than eight hours in the Delhi liquor policy case. He is the second Delhi minister to be arrested.
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The Central Bureau of Investigation said Manish Sisodia’s answers were not satisfactory.
In a statement, the CBI said: “The present case has been registered against Deputy Chief Minister and Responsible Minister of Excise, GNCTD of Delhi and 14 others for investigating the issue of alleged irregularities in the preparation and implementation of the excise policy for the year 2021-. 22 and extending post-tender benefits to individuals.”
Manish Sisodia arrived at the CBI headquarters at 11am yesterday and was interrogated for nearly eight hours over alleged corruption in Delhi’s now-abolished liquor policy.
CBI officials said the leader of the Aam Aadmi party was questioned today about various aspects of the excise policy, including his alleged affiliation with Dinesh Arora and other accused named in the FIR, and details of multiple phone exchanges.
Agency officials said investigators found Mr Sisodia uncooperative with the investigation.
They also said Manish Sisodia failed to provide clarification on crucial points that officials sought.
The CBI said: “He (Manish Sisodia) gave evasive answers and did not cooperate with the investigation despite being confronted with evidence to the contrary.”
CBI officials said it was believed that detention interrogation was necessary in order to subject Mr. Sisodia to intense interrogation.
The Delhi minister will appear before the designated court on Monday, CBI said.
Sisodia called the case against him “fake” and had previously said he was facing a seven-to-eight-month prison sentence.
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