Delhi Liquor Policy Scam: CBI Court to Hear Sisodia’s Bail Request Today, One Day After ED Arrest
Manish Sisodia, a former deputy chief minister of Delhi and current leader of the AAP, will appear before a CBI court on Friday for a bail hearing. After his second session of questioning at Tihar Prison on Thursday in connection with the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) money laundering investigation into alleged anomalies in the Delhi Excise Policy, Sisodia was taken into custody by the ED.
In order to hear his bail request, the former minister will be brought before special CBI judge M K Nagpal on Friday, over two weeks after his detention in connection with the Delhi excise scandal.
Nagpal, who took custody of Sisodia on March 6, gave the CBI until March 10 to respond to the AAP leader’s application.
Sisodia claimed in his application that he joined the inquiry as and when requested by the primary investigative agency. He said that the other suspects detained in this case had previously been granted bail, saying that keeping him in detention would be ineffective given that all recoveries had been made.
According to ED sources, Sisodia was detained after money laundering allegations against him were discovered. He was also allegedly “not cooperative in the investigation” and “evasive” in his responses.
WHAT IF SISODIA IS GRANTED BAIL?
On Friday, Sisodia is set to be brought before a special PMLA court to request his custody for questioning after the ED has secured a production warrant from the court. The ED may demand Sisodia’s detention even if he is granted bail in the CBI case.
If the ED gains custody of him, he would be brought to the headquarters of the organisation in the heart of Delhi for questioning, additional recording of his statement, and confrontation with other accused parties in the excise policy case.
In order to question the politician in jail cell number 1, the ED needed authorization from a local court. The politician was most recently Delhi’s deputy chief minister.
SISODIA’S JAIL LETTER
While in custody on Thursday, Sisodia wrote an open letter comparing the “politics of education” to the “politics of jail,” in which she claimed that the BJP had a problem with the former because it “builds nations, not leaders.”
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, shared the letter on Twitter with the following statement: “BJP does politics of putting people in jail, we are doing politics of educating children. Sending somebody to prison is simple, but teaching kids is quite challenging. Education will advance the country, not incarceration.
Sisodia stated in his letter that it is far simpler to throw political opponents in jail than to provide children with a quality education. The fact that education politics creates nations rather than leaders is the BJP’s fundamental issue with them.
“Education politics is not an easy endeavour, and it is certainly not a formula for political success. The future belongs to the politics of education, he wrote, despite the BJP’s current dominance of the politics of prison.
Since the CBI detained Sisodia on February 26 in connection with allegations of corruption in the creation and implementation of the now-cancelled Delhi liquor or excise policy for 2021–2022, Sisodia has been held in judicial custody.
On March 7, Sisodia was subjected to the ED’s initial round of questioning.
Source: News 18
Rahul Gandhi, Adani, and Government vs Opposition Stalls Parliament
In the midst of disarray caused by the BJP's attack on Rahul Gandhi's speech in London and the
opposition's demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into the Adani-Hindenberg
dispute, Parliament adjourned early today without accomplishing anything.
For the first time since the controversy over his statements about the state of Indian democracy in
London, Rahul Gandhi was spotted in the Lok Sabha. Yet, both houses convened for a brief period of
time before calling a day's adjournment.
The Congress leader had recently told NDTV, "I will speak inside the House if they let me to. When
asked to apologise by the BJP, he responded, "I didn't give any anti-India statement."
Trinamool Party protesters surrounded the Speaker's chair in Lok Sabha while covering their lips
with a black ribbon. Afterwards, opposition supporters assembled in a human chain outside of
parliament to demand an investigation into the Adani-Hindenburg dispute.
The deadlock between the administration and the opposition has put a stop to all work on the
Budget session's second half.
This morning, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju increased the pressure on the Congress by charging Rahul
Gandhi with lying about the UK and disparaging the country.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Rijiju said, "The person who speaks the most in this nation and constantly
criticises the government claims overseas that he does not have the freedom to speak in India.
"We don't care if Rahul Gandhi brings down the Congress. Yet, we as citizens cannot remain silent if
he attempts to harm or insult the country. The country may have rejected the leadership of the
Congress, but that does not give him the right to mistreat the country overseas "Added he.
"Members of the anti-India group all speak in the same vein. Whatever Rahul Gandhi says, they
repeat it "Mr. Rijiju ranting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi frequently criticised the Congress while travelling abroad, thus the
Congress has ruled out an apology.
Mr. Kharge added, "I want to ask those who are asking an apology that Modiji went to five to six
nations and there he (Modi) humiliated our country claiming it was a shame to be born in India, now
these same people are curtailing freedom of expression.
Rahul Gandhi has received criticism from a number of Union Ministers for his remarks in London.
PM meets with top ministers to discuss budget session strategy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his top ministers on Monday in New Delhi to discuss the government’s plan of action before the second part of the Budget session.
In order to plan the approach, Congress MPs met earlier on Monday at the Parliamentary Party (CPP) office of the party, presided over by party president Mallikarjun Kharge.
Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi are all present for the meeting.
Congress lawmakers from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha attended the meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party to determine the budget session strategy.
The 2023 budget session will continue following a one-month break. The break was intended to give the department-specific Parliamentary Standing Committees time to review grant requests and submit reports pertaining to their respective ministries or departments.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy leaves the Congress
Kiran Kumar Reddy, a former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, has left the Congress.
Manickam Tagore, a congressman and member of parliament, responded to Reddy’s resignation on Sunday by claiming that individuals who had received everything from the party and had completed the Andhra Pradesh Congress were now defecting to the BJP.
Reddy served as Andhra Pradesh’s final unbroken chief minister.
Please take this letter as my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress, Reddy requested in a letter dated March 11 and written to Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress.
Reddy had previously left the Congress in 2014 over the decision to split Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana by the then-UPA administration.
Although launching his own political party, the Jai Samaikyandhra Party, he joined the Congress again in 2018.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
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