Manish Sisodia is currently not being sought for additional remand, but the CBI may do so within the next 15 days, the central agency’s attorney said at the Rouse Avenue Court. Manish Sisodia, the former deputy chief minister of Delhi, was placed in judicial detention on Monday and will remain there till March 20. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) detained Sisodia in connection with a corruption investigation involving the now-cancelled excise policy. The CBI counsel reportedly stated that while the central agency is not now seeking a second CBI remand of the AAP leader, it may do so within the next 15 days.
According to ANI, Manish Sisodia’s medical examination by CBI personnel resulted in a prescription for medication, which Special Judge MK Nagpal of Rouse Avenue Court approved. The court also instructed the jail superintendent to take into account the request from Sisodia’s side to keep the accused in a Vipassana/Meditation cell. On March 10, the court will hear his bail request. On March 20, when his judicial custody expires, he will be physically brought before the court.
As the CBI tried to confront Sisodia with important witnesses, the court on Saturday extended his detention by two days. As Sisodia referred to it as “mental harassment,” special judge M K Nagpal ordered the CBI to stop repeatedly asking him the same questions. “They are not using third-degree. But sitting for eight to nine hours and answering the same questions again and again, that too is mental harassment,” Sisodia said when he was produced before the court on the expiry of his earlier five-day CBI custody, as quoted by news agency PTI.
Interestingly, the court has mandated that the accused be examined and questioned in a location with CCTV camera surveillance. Sisodia was questioned by several of the prosecution’s key witnesses about some crucial details, and the CBI had already informed the court. He was completely unhelpful and evasive in his attitude and behaviour throughout these interactions, according to the CBI, as quoted by PTI.
Manish Sisodia claimed in his bail application that he joined the inquiry as and when the primary investigative agency requested that he do so. Furthermore, he claimed that since all of the recoveries had already been made, holding him in detention would be ineffective. He added that all of the other suspects detained in this case had previously been given bail.