Delhi excise policy scam: Court extends Sanjay Singh’s custody till October 13

New Delhi: Delhi on Tuesday extended the custody of Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh by three days (i.e. October 13). The AAP leader arrested in a money laundering case related to the alleged Delhi Excise policy was produced in Rouse Avenue court after five days of ED custody.

Special Judge M.K. Nagpal passed the order on an application filed by the central investigation agency.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sought five more days’ custody of the AAP leader on the grounds that he was not cooperating. The agency also accused his close aide Sarvesh Mishra of non-cooperation.

The ED also said that the material collected revealed that bribes were demanded to get the liquor license approved.

Sanjay Singh was arrested on October 4 at his Delhi residence after a day of questioning by ED officials. Later, on October 5, the special court sent the AAP leader to ED custody till October 10, 2023. He was the second AAP leader to be arrested in over a year in a money laundering case related to the alleged Delhi excise policy.

Earlier, former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was first arrested by the CBI on February 26, 2023, for his alleged role in the scam. He is currently in jail in the same case.

Investigating agencies claim that the AAP MP and his associates played a role in the Delhi government’s decision to grant licenses to liquor shops and traders in 2020, causing loss to the state exchequer and violating anti-corruption laws.

“They investigated us for so many months, did they get any results? You heard what the Supreme Court said yesterday, the entire liquor scam is false, not even a single penny has changed. They don’t have any proof. There are allegations against us.” “All these are fabricated and baseless,” ANI quoted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as saying on Friday.