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Delhi High Court denies bail to AAP MP Sanjay Singh in Delhi Excise Policy Scam



Delhi High Court denies bail to AAP MP Sanjay Singh in Delhi Excise Policy Scam

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday denied bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh in the money laundering case registered by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma pronounced the order.

The single-judge while rejecting Singh’s bail plea directed the trial court to expedite the trial.

“No ground for grant of bail is made out. We direct the trial court to expedite the trial. No unnecessary adjournment be sought by either side,” the Court said.

Singh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on October 4, 2023 after the agency conducted a search at his residence. He has been in judicial custody since October 13, 2023.

The trial court rejected his bail plea on December 22, 2023.

The case against Singh involves allegations that he played a key role in framing and implementing the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy which was allegedly aimed at benefiting certain liquor manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.

Earlier, Singh had filed a plea challenging his arrest on the ground that it was an abuse of the legal process and in violation of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Pankaj Bansal v. Union of India known as M3M Reality case.

The High Court rejected that plea on October 20, 2023 and held that the ED is a premier investigating agency and imputing political motives to it may have an impact on the image of the country.

Singh then moved the Supreme Court on this aspect which is now seized of the matter.

When that case came up for hearing before the top court on November 20, 2023, the apex court granted him the liberty to approach the trial court for bail. After the trial rejected his bail plea, he filed the present plea before the High Court.

Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur along with advocates Rajat Bhardwaj, Mohd Irshad, Harsh Gautam, Ankita M Bhardwaj, Kanishk Raj and Kaustubh Khanna appeared for Sanjay Singh in the case.

ED was represented through Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju, Special Counsel Zoheb Hossain as well as advocates Vivek Gurnani, Samrat Goswami, Kartik Sabharwal, Pranjal Tripathi, Madhumita, Sonali Sharma, Hitharth and Kanishk Maurya.

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