In a dramatic turn of events, Rajya Sabha MP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday, October 4, in connection with the Delhi liquor scam case. As tensions rise in the capital, ED is set to present Sanjay Singh in the Rouse Avenue Court today, seeking his remand.
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On Tuesday, the special court made a significant decision in the ongoing money laundering case related to the excise scam. Two accused individuals, Raghav Magunta and liquor businessman Dinesh Arora, were granted the status of government witnesses. Notably, Raghav Magunta is the son of YSR Congress MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, and both Raghav and Arora had previously been out on bail. Aurobindo Pharma director Sharad Reddy has also come forward as a government witness.
Sanjay Singh’s Arrest and ED’s Questions:
Following an extensive 11-hour interrogation, the ED detained Sanjay Singh. The agency is armed with a long list of questions related to the excise case, and they intend to extract answers from Sanjay Singh during his court appearance. The demand for Sanjay Singh’s remand underscores the seriousness of the allegations.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor, Arvind Kejriwal, wasted no time in reacting to Sanjay Singh’s arrest. He launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led Center, claiming that the arrest is a manifestation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s frustration. Kejriwal pledged to wage a legal battle against Sanjay Singh’s arrest and met with Singh’s family members to express solidarity. He criticized the ED’s search of Singh’s residence, stating that nothing incriminating was found.
CM Kejriwal accused the center of corruption, emphasizing that AAP is a party committed to honesty. He pointed out that despite more than 1000 raids and multiple arrests in connection with the liquor policy matter, not a single rupee has been recovered. Kejriwal suggested that PM Modi is deeply mired in corruption and expressed concern that more leaders may be arrested in the run-up to the next Lok Sabha elections.
AAP’s Planned Protest:
Delhi Government Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai disclosed that investigations and raids conducted by ED and CBI have spanned 15 months but have failed to yield any substantial findings. In response to Sanjay Singh’s arrest, the Aam Aadmi Party plans to stage a protest at the BJP headquarters on Thursday at 11 am. Cabinet ministers Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj, and party’s chief spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar echoed similar sentiments. They claimed that Sanjay Singh’s name was erroneously included in the charge sheet, leading to a defamation notice from him.
The Reason Behind Sanjay Singh’s Arrest:
Sanjay Singh’s name emerged in the charge sheet due to allegations of bribery. Accused liquor businessman Dinesh Arora recounted his interaction with Singh, revealing that Singh had introduced him to Manish Sisodia during a gathering at his Unplugged Courtyard restaurant. Singh allegedly played a mediating role in resolving a liquor shop relocation matter, further implicating him in the case.
The Delhi Excise Scam Saga:
The money laundering case related to the excise scam took a significant turn when two accused individuals, Raghav Magunta and Dinesh Arora, were allowed to become government witnesses. Sharad Reddy, Aurobindo Pharma director, had already taken this step. Sanjay Singh’s inclusion in the charge sheet stems from allegations of accepting bribes. These accusations have added to the complexities of the ongoing investigation.
The arrest of Sanjay Singh in connection with the Delhi liquor scam case has ignited a political firestorm, with AAP gearing up for protests and PM Modi’s government facing accusations of corruption. As the legal battle unfolds, the political temperature in Delhi is set to rise even further. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.
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