Manish Sisodia challenges CBI probe and arrest in Supreme Court

Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, has gone to the Supreme Court challenging his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Delhi liquor policy case.

A Delhi court yesterday sent Sisodia to five-day CBI custody. The central agency told the city court it needs time to question him over alleged corruption in making the new liquor policy, which was scrapped after Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena flagged it.

Sisodia’s challenge is likely to be mentioned before Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud for an urgent hearing today.

Yesterday, the CBI told the Delhi court that Sisodia has been giving evasive replies to their questions and unable to explain at least six problematic provisions in the liquor policy that were not part of the first draft.

The CBI said the changes were made at the behest of a liquor lobby in exchange for kickbacks to the tune of ₹ 30 crore.