The Special Court denied bail to Delhi’s former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday, saying that the evidence gathered so far by the CBI not only shows the applicant’s active participation in the aforementioned criminal conspiracy, but also shows the applicant’s prima facie commission of some substantive offences under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
The court also stated that there is nothing on record to infer or show that Sisodia’s arrest in this case was illegal or in violation of any Supreme Court or High Court directions, and that the material presented to this court by the CBI justifies the applicant’s arrest in the case.
In a statement the court said that “Further, even though the medical condition of the wife of the applicant has been sought to be made a ground for grant of bail to him, it is observed that though the neurological or mental illness of the wife of the applicant is claimed to be around 20 years old, the documents filed on record in support thereof are found to be of the years 2022-2023 only.”
The Court further added, “Moreover, the condition of the wife of the applicant as revealed through these documents cannot be considered to be severe or serious enough to release the applicant on bail and the same also cannot be taken to mean that she cannot take care of herself or has to be necessarily taken care of by the applicant only”.
While dismissing Manish Sisodia’s bail application on Friday, the Rouse Avenue Court stated, “The court is not inclined to release him on bail at this stage of the investigation of the case as his release may adversely affect the ongoing investigation and will also seriously hamper the progress.”