Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Friday sent AAP leader Sanjay Singh to judicial custody for the alleged Delhi excise policy scam till October 27. Special Judge MK Nagpal ordered Singh to be sent to jail after the probe agency produced him before the court on the expiry of his ED custody.
During the brief hearing, the judge also directed Singh “not to give speech about unrelated matters” inside the court. The judge issued the direction after Singh claimed before the court that the ED didn’t work on his complaint “against Adani”.
Singh referred to industrialist Gautam Adani, who is considered close to the ruling establishment at the Centre with which Singh’s AAP has been locked in a running feud.
The judge stated, “No unrelated matter. If you’ve to give speech about Adani and Modi, I’ll ask for your production through video conferencing from now onwards.”
The Rajya Sabha MP claimed before the court that the ED didn’t ask him relevant questions during his custodial interrogation. Singh told the judge, “All they asked is why did I take money from my mother and why I sent Rs 10,000 to my wife’s account. ED has become an entertainment department, telling lies after lies. I gave them a complaint against Adani, but they did nothing.”
The anti-money laundering agency arrested Singh on October 4. The ED has alleged that Singh played a key role in the formulation and implementation of the now scrapped policy, which benefited certain liquor manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers for monetary considerations.