Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Delhi excise scam: Accused Dinesh Arora to turn witness

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On Monday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court is expected to rule on the CBI’s appeal to convert accused Dinesh Arora to a witness and to grant him approver status in the Delhi excise policy scam case.

Special CBI Judge MK Nagpal, who is hearing the case today, stated that he is reviewing the CBI’s application and would issue an order to keep the hearings in camera. Dinesh Arora swore the oath of honesty to tell the truth at the hearing and stated that he was willing to provide voluntary disclosure about his role in the alleged offences.

“I have earlier cooperated during the investigation of the case by the CBI. I have also made certain statements before the IO in this regard,” Arora said.

On Monday, the CBI filed an application in a Delhi court under Section 306 CrPC to have accused businessman Dinesh Arora testify in the Delhi excise policy case.

The same court granted anticipatory release to Dinesh Arora a few days ago after the CBI did not contest the bail request in the case.

The court noted that the CBI stated in its reply to the anticipatory bail application that the applicant has aided the investigation and divulged some facts that are critical to the inquiry; thus, the CBI has no issue if the applicant is granted anticipatory bail by this court.

The court also noted that, while no immediate apprehensions about the applicant’s arrest appear to be made out from the contents of the CBI’s reply, keeping in mind that the applicant is one of the accused named in the FIR and further keeping in mind that he is stated to have made some self-incriminatory statements before the Investigation Officer (IO).

It is ordered that if the applicant is necessary to be detained in this matter again in the future, he be released on bail upon providing a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with one surety in the same amount to the satisfaction of the IO.

When the CBI detained Vijay Nair and the ED arrested Sameer Mahendru, Arora filed an anticipatory bail application.

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