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SC notice to ED on plea by AAP leader and RS MP Sanjay Singh for bail

By Jhanak Singh      26 February, 2024 06:07 PM      0 Comments
SC notice to ED on plea by AAP leader and RS MP Sanjay Singh for bail

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Enforcement Directorate on a plea by AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP seeking bail in a money laundering case related to alleged liquor policy scam.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate and fixed the matter for consideration on March 5.

Senior advocate A M Singhvi appeared for Singh in the matter.

The court directed to tag the instant matter with a pending plea by Singh challenging his arrest and remand.

Singh was arrested on October 4, 2023 by the Enforcement Directorate.

In February, this year, the High Court had dismissed bail plea by Singh saying there are specific statements that Rs two crore was paid to Sarvesh Mishra for Sanjay Singh at his official residence in lieu of the new excise policy made to suit them and generate profit for them and the role at this stage of the applicant cannot completely be ruled out.

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The HC had also said "specific allegations” about the time, place and manner when the meetings and conversations took place between (co-accused) Dinesh Arora, Vivek Tyagi, Sarvesh Mishra, Vijay Nair, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh etc “cannot be disregarded at this stage”.

The HC, however, ordered the trial court to expedite the proceedings in order to protect the rights of the accused.

Singh was declined bail by the trial court on December 22, 2023.

On November 21, 2023, the apex court had issued notice to the ED on his plea against the Delhi high court judgment of October 20, 2023 which had declined to interfere with his arrest in the case.

The HC had said the court finds no grounds to interfere.

“This court will not insinuate at this stage or impute any political motive to the investigating agency in absence of any material on record and does not consider it a prima facie case of no evidence at all,” the high court had said.



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