Senior Aam Aadmi party leader Manish Sisodia is being mentally tortured in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the party claimed. The CBI agents want him to sign a “false confession”, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh claimed at a news conference today.
“We are going to make a disclosure. For the past six days, Manish Sisodia has been held in CBI remand custody. We have information that Manish Sisodia ji is being mentally tortured so that he would sign a false confession,” Mr. Singh.
Mr. Sisodia, he added, had indicated this through his lawyer yesterday.
“It is unfortunate for a person who worked for poor children, whose work is done by the world, when the wife of the US president comes to India and wants to see the schools built by Manish Sisodia – that Mr. Sisodia is mentally tortured by the CBI. He is being mentally harassed. He is told we give you all the allegations in writing, you sign it,” he claimed.
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The CBI, he said, has “no evidence of dishonesty of even one rupee – that’s why pressure is applied through torture so that he admits (to the wrongdoings)”, he added.
“The CBI has no evidence against Sisodia. They never said evidence is missing. They raided his house but found nothing,” Singh said.
The answer from the CBI is awaited. According to the law, sources said that statements recorded by the CBI under Article 161 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) have not been signed. These statements are also not admissible evidence in court. Confessional statements can only be recorded before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.
Mr Sisodia was arrested last Sunday in connection with the alleged liquor scam in Delhi. He has been named the number one defendant in the CBI First Information Report and has been held by the Bureau for questioning until March 6.
Appearing before a court in Delhi yesterday, where his detention was extended by a day, Mr Sisodia told the judge that he was asked the same questions over and over and that this amounted to “mental harassment”. He said he “sat for eight to nine hours answering the same questions over and over”.
The judge, who at the final hearing asked the CBI not to use the “third degree” on the accused, told officials not to repeat “the same questions over and over.” “If you have something new, ask him,” the judge said.
The CBI has alleged that Mr. Sisodia is not cooperating with the investigation and is giving evasive answers.
On February 28, Mr Sisodia – who has denied any wrongdoing – resigned from the Arvind Kejriwal-led cabinet. At that time, he handled 18 portfolios, which have since been distributed to AAP ministers Kailash Gahlot and Raaj Kumar Anand.
AAP has accused the BJP of sabotaging the Delhi government’s work on health and education through the arrest of Mr. Sisodia. Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the alleged irregularities in the excise policy are “an excuse” and that if Manish Sisodia joined the BJP, “he would be free tomorrow”.
“Corruption is not the problem. The motive was to stop the good work of the ministers,” Kejriwal said earlier this week.
Eight opposition parties have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for abusing central research agencies to attack them. Congress is not on the list.