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In this editorial episode, Mr. Sujit Nair discusses the recent statements made by the Supreme Court of India in the case involving Manish Sisodia. During the hearing, the Supreme Court raised significant questions about the strength of the case being pursued by investigating agencies, specifically in relation to the Delhi liquor policy case. The Supreme Court’s remarks came while considering the bail pleas of AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who is facing charges in a money laundering case and a corruption case linked to an alleged liquor policy scam. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) emphasized its commitment to bringing those responsible for the liquor policy irregularities to justice, and it had recently arrested AAP MP Sanjay Singh on accusations of receiving substantial kickbacks from an accused-turned-approver named Dinesh Arora. Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, representing Manish Sisodia, argued that the ED’s interest in implicating AAP in the case was prompted by a query raised by the Supreme Court itself. However, the court clarified that its query was solely a legal inquiry and not intended to implicate anyone. Regarding the contentious Delhi excise policy, the Supreme Court questioned whether it could be legally challenged in the manner presented. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleged that the policy was designed to favor specific individuals and presented WhatsApp messages as evidence. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court expressed doubts about the admissibility of these messages. The ED also mentioned that the accused in the excise policy case had communicated using the Signal app, which is difficult to trace, complicating the investigation further. Throughout the proceedings, the Supreme Court did not hesitate to pose tough questions to the investigating agencies. Earlier, sources had revealed that the ED was considering making AAP a defendant in the excise policy case. This decision came after a previous court hearing where the court had questioned why the party, which was alleged to have benefited from the policy, had not been implicated in the case. The ED has alleged that AAP used Rs 100 crore received as kickbacks from various stakeholders for its campaign in the 2022 Goa Assembly elections.
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