Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attended a conference in Delhi on Saturday and thanked organizers for giving him a break from the hours-long CBI raid on his residence on Friday in connection with liquor policy. He said he was in two minds before attending the event just a day after the CBI raid. “But that’s what I was made to do, not what I was made to do yesterday,” Sisodia said.
“Yesterday I was among uninvited and unwanted guests. Nobody likes to spend a day with them. But then I thought I had to be here among all of you,” Sisodia said.
Sisodia is also due to give a press conference at 12 noon today.
The CBI raided the residence of Manish Sisodia on Friday under the abandoned Delhi liquor policy. The raid lasted for hours and Sisodia’s laptop and computer were seized.
In its FIR, CBI named Sisodia as the number 1 defendant among the total of 15 defendants. Besides Sisodia, Arva Gopi Krishna, then commissioner (excise); Anand Tiwari, then Deputy Commissioner (Excise); Pankaj Bhatnagar, Assistant Commissioner (Excise); Vijay Nair, former CEO, Only Much Louder, an entertainment and event management company; Manoj Rai, ex-employee of Pernod Ricard; Amandeep Dhal, Director, Brindco Sales Pvt. Ltd; Sameer Mahendru, Managing Director; Indospirit Group were mentioned in the FIR copy.
According to the FIR, the defendants were convicted of “criminal association, account falsification and undue advantage”, punishable under Article 120-B (punishment of criminal association) and 477A (account falsification) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 7 (Taking Undue Advantage to Influence a Public Official by Corrupt or Illegal Means or by Exercising Personal Influence) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018).
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