Mastermind: Shehzad Poonawala attacks Manish Sisodia

BJP national spokesperson trains guns on AAP on Delhi Excise Policy case days after a court dismissed Manish Sisodia’s bail plea

NEW DELHI | Updated: 02 April, 2023 3:12 pm IST
BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala

Days after a court dismissed the bail plea of jailed former Delhi deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed the key Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader as the mastermind of the Delhi Excise Policy case.

BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala came out all guns blazing on Sunday, April 2, as he also attacked Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP in the case.

“Why did the court refuse to give relief to Manish Sisodia, accused in the liquor scam? Manish Sisodia and company have received a bribe of ₹100 crore, and this has been verified through the court,” Poonawala said.

“The court said that while reviewing the evidence presented, it can be said that Manish Sisodia is not honest but the mastermind of this corruption policy,” Poonawalla added.

The BJP spokesperson claimed that it was already decided what decisions each unit of the government, the GoM and the cabinet were going to take.

“This means that this whole scam was activated after discussing it with the highest person in the government beforehand. Because the decision taken by the GoM and the cabinet cannot happen without the approval of the chief minister,” Poonawalla said while training his guns on Kejriwal.

A Delhi court, while dismissing the bail plea of Sisodia in the excise policy case lodged by the CBI, on Friday, March 31, said prima facie the AAP leader is the architect of the criminal conspiracy in the matter.

Sisodia’s release may adversely impact the ongoing investigation and “seriously hamper” its progress, Special Judge MK Nagpal observed.

“Thus, it is clear from the above discussion that the applicant had played the most important and vital role in the criminal conspiracy and he had been deeply involved in the formulation as well as the implementation of the said policy to ensure the achievement of the objectives of the said conspiracy…” Special Judge Nagpal observed.

“Thus, as per the allegations made by the prosecution and the evidence collected in support thereof so far, the applicant can prima facie be held to be the architect of the said criminal conspiracy,” the special judge said.

Poonawala’s comments came a day after Delhi CM Kejriwal stepped up the attack on PM Narendra Modi over his degree issue, following the Gujarat high court’s order.

The Gujarat HC quashed a seven-year-old order of the Central Information Commission (CIC), which had asked the Gujarat University to provide information on PM Modi’s degree.

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