Delhi Excise Policy Scam: CBI Names Seven In First Chargesheet, Manish Sisodia Not Included

Manish Sisodia was listed as "Accused No. 1" in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the agency in August.

Delhi Excise Policy Scam: CBI Names Seven In First Chargesheet, Manish Sisodia Not Included
Seven people, including three public servants, have also been named in the chargesheet.(ANI)

THE CHARGESHEET released by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Delhi's excise policy scam does not name Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The CBI filed its first chargesheet in the excise policy scam case against seven accused, including two businessmen, on Friday.

Besides the two arrested businessmen, the head of a television news channel, a Hyderabad-based liquor trader, a Delhi-based liquor distributor and two excise department officials have been named in the chargesheet, officials said.

According to news agency PTI, Sisodia, who was named in the CBI FIR, does not figure in the chargesheet, which was filed within 60 days of the federal agency taking over the investigation.

Manish Sisodia was listed as "Accused No. 1" in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the agency in August.

Talking to the reporters, Sisodia said, "The BJP writes this script. The chargesheet is filed and charges are drawn up in their offices."

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal called the excise policy scam case "fake" and alleged that attempts were made to frame his deputy Manish Sisodia in it, whereas the CBI found nothing against him in its probe.

"Manish's name is not in the CBI chargesheet. The whole case is fake. Nothing was found in the raids. A total of 800 officers found nothing in the probe for four months. Manish offered hope of a good future to crores of poor children in the country through a revolution in education. I am sorry that a conspiracy was hatched to defame such a person by implicating him in a false case," Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi as quoted by news agency PTI.

The probe agency is investigating the allegations of serious violations in the AAP government's new liquor policy for Delhi. The licences were given to private players, and the policy was withdrawn within six months.

A money laundering case has also been filed by the Enforcement Directorate. Sisodia was quizzed by the CBI in August, and he denied any wrongdoing.

The Aam Aadmi Party has accused the BJP of using the probe agencies to target the leaders of the party ahead of the scheduled Delhi civic polls and the Gujarat election scheduled to be in the first week of December.

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