ED Informs Delhi High Court of Document Removal on Day of Supreme Court Verdict on Services

The Delhi High Court was informed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that documents pertaining to the excise policy scam were illicitly taken from the office of Special Secretary (Vigilance). The ED’s Special Counsel, Zoheb Hossain, revealed that the documents were removed on the same day the Supreme Court of India issued its verdict on the control of services in Delhi.

The disclosure was made during the hearing of the interim bail plea filed by Manish Sisodia, a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party and former Delhi minister. Hossain mentioned that a first information report (FIR) had been filed regarding the unauthorized removal of documents, and an investigation into the incident was underway.

Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur, representing Sisodia, objected to the submissions, claiming that they were biased and that a chargesheet had already been filed in the matter.

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On June 2, the court had reserved its verdict on both the interim bail plea and the regular bail plea in the money case registered by the ED. A special sitting was held on Saturday noon, where Justice Sharma, who had previously reserved the matters for order, agreed to hear the interim bail plea.

Sisodia had sought interim bail for six weeks due to his wife’s medical condition. However, it was revealed that Sisodia was unable to meet his wife at home as she had already been admitted to LNJP Hospital by that time.

During the arguments against granting interim bail, Hossain emphasized that Sisodia, despite claiming to be the sole caretaker of his wife, held numerous portfolios, making it nearly impossible for him to fulfill that role effectively.

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In response, Mathur questioned the situation, asking if it was so dire that a woman couldn’t meet her husband even when she was in such a condition. He expressed concern about the direction of jurisprudence and highlighted that Sisodia was the sole caretaker as their only son was studying abroad. Mathur also argued that holding multiple portfolios should not diminish someone’s ability to be a caretaker, as many professionals go back home and fulfill their family responsibilities.

Mathur informed the court that the earlier bail application was withdrawn when Sisodia’s wife’s condition had stabilized, but it had since worsened.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved its order and requested a report from LNJP Hospital by the evening.

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