Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi liquor policy for 2021-22. According to sources, Sisodia was arrested because of his involvement in the destruction of evidence related to the case.
Sources also claim that certain controversial provisions were added to the Delhi liquor policy that were not part of the initial draft, and there is no record of discussion or files in the excise department that show how these provisions were included in the final draft. This lack of documentation raises further questions about the transparency of the policy-making process.
In addition to this, the CBI decided to arrest Sisodia based on a bureaucrat's statement. The top bureaucrat alleged that Sisodia played a pivotal role in drafting the excise policy. Sisodia has been charged as accused number one in the CBI FIR, and the CBI had questioned him earlier on October 17, a month before filing its chargesheet on November 25.
The CBI did not name Sisodia in the chargesheet, keeping the investigation open against him and other suspects and accused. Sisodia's lack of cooperation during questioning and his inability to provide a satisfactory defense likely contributed to his arrest. This case highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in the policy-making process to prevent corruption and ensure the public's trust in government officials.
Sisodia's arrest is related to the alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi liquor policy for 2021-22, which has now been scrapped. He was charged under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 477A (intent to defraud) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.