The Delhi high court on Monday rejected former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s request for interim bail in connection with a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy, underlining that the charges against him were “extremely serious”.
On his decision to reject Sisodia’s interim bail, justice Sharma underlined that the AAP leader was earlier deputy chief minister. “The allegations are extremely serious in nature. This court cannot forget the position held by the applicant. This court finds itself very hard to persuade to grant bail to Manish Sisodia,” justice Sharma said on Sisodia’s petition that sought interim bail for six weeks on the ground that he needed to look after his ailing wife.
The court, however, allowed Manish Sisodia to meet his ailing wife on any day at home or hospital. Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma said Sisodia could be taken out of jail between 10am and 5pm to meet his wife on any day convenient to his wife and directed the police to ensure that Sisodia didn’t interact with reporters. The judge also told the authorities that Sisodia should not interact with anyone except his family and barred him from using a phone or the Internet.
Justice Sharma earlier allowed Sisodia to visit his wife on Friday but the AAP leader could not see her because she was hospitalized shortly before he reached home. Monday’s order allowed this meeting to take place at home or hospital.
On Saturday, the high court ordered Lok Nayak Jaiprakash (LNJP) Hospital to report on his wife, Seema Sisodia’s health.