New Delhi: Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday, a day before his bail plea was heard.
He was arrested by the CBI last month after an eight-hour-long interrogation in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case. Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on February 26 in connection with the Excise Policy scam in Delhi. He is currently in judicial custody.
Sisodia’s bail hearing is scheduled to be held tomorrow i.e. on March 10.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has questioned the intention of the central government regarding the arrest of Sisodia by the ED. Kejriwal wrote in his tweet, “Manish Sisodia was first arrested by the CBI. The CBI did not find any evidence, no money was found in the raid. There is a hearing on bail tomorrow. The ED arrested him today so that he will not be released tomorrow. They have only one purpose – to keep Manish inside by filing new fake cases every day. People are watching, people will answer.”
Prior to his arrest, the ED team had questioned former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Tihar Jail in connection with the excise policy case. The court has allowed the ED to interrogate him for three days.
Today, the ED had contacted the jail administration for questioning in the jail. Sisodia was also questioned by the ED in jail on Tuesday. Two former Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain are under the ED-CBI probe on separate charges.
Both are currently lodged in Tihar Jail. While Sisodia has been arrested in Delhi’s excise policy case, Satyendar Jain has been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 30 last year in a money laundering case.