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Delhi excise scam: Court reserves order on AAP MP Sanjay Singh's bail plea

Special Judge M K Nagpal reserved his order for December 21 after hearing the arguments put forth by the counsel for Singh, A Rajya Sabha MP

PTI New Delhi Published 12.12.23, 07:21 PM
AAP MP Sanjay Singh

AAP MP Sanjay Singh File photo

A Delhi court on Tuesday reserved order on the bail application of AAP leader Sanjay Singh in a money laundering case related to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam.

Special Judge M K Nagpal reserved his order for December 21 after hearing the arguments put forth by the counsel for Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, as well as the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

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During the arguments on Tuesday, senior advocate Mohit Mathur, appearing for Singh, told the judge that the ED had not called the accused for questioning even once before October 4, 2023, the day he was arrested.

The counsel claimed there were contradictions in the statements of accused-turned-approver Dinesh Arora and other witnesses.

“Dinesh Arora's statement is hearsay... How can one assume that he is telling the truth,” Singh's counsel said, adding he was a "tainted" witness and a “guilty accomplice”.

"I (Singh) am not asking for discharge. I am only asking for bail. My personal liberty is sacrosanct in the Constitution," the counsel told the judge.

The ED opposed the application, claiming that the probe was still underway, and if released on bail, Singh could hamper the investigation, tamper with evidence, and influence the witnesses.

The court, meanwhile, directed the ED to file written submissions, if any, within two days. It also directed the counsel appearing for Singh to file rejoinder within a day thereafter.

The anti-money laundering agency had arrested Singh on October 4. The ED has alleged that Singh played a key role in the formulation and implementation of the now- scrapped excise policy, which benefited certain liquor manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, for monetary considerations.

Singh has rejected the claim and denied any wrongdoing.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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