5 points why CBI is probing into Delhi Deputy CM Sisodia
19 August, 2022 | Pranay Lad
In connection with the Delhi Excise Policy Case, the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on Manish Sisodia’s home on Friday. The Delhi Excise Policy was allegedly developed and i...
In connection with the Delhi Excise Policy Case, the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on Manish Sisodia’s home on Friday.
The Delhi Excise Policy was allegedly developed and implemented improperly, according to the complaint filed by the CBI in November of last year. Additionally, searches were carried out in seven states and 20 different locations around the National Capital Region. The raids were described as a political vengeance by the Aam Aadmi Party.
The Manish Sisodia CBI investigation, however, may be roughly classified into five sections.
- a one-time rebate of Rs 143.46 crore for the alcohol lobby, which submitted bids for the licence fee.
- How the rule was changed to indicate that this choice was unlawful
- Instead of forfeiting it, give Rs 30 crore to airport liquor licence holders.
- Bringing down the cost of imported beer
- granting the prior permit holder extra time
On April 15 of last year, the excise policy was implemented, and a month later, the government made a decision that benefited the liquor tycoons. The governor’s administration claimed that this could only have happened if Manish Sisodia, who was head of excise and finance, had received unlawful gratification.
WHAT WAS DONE AND HOW
The liquor cartel received a waiver of Rs 144.36 crore in licence fees, with the Covid epidemic provided as the justification. The LG asserted that this would have led to commissions and kickbacks.
It is now being claimed that when this one-time dispensation was granted, the cabinet was not informed.
Then, according to reports, Sisodia sought the cabinet to make a resolution allowing him to modify the policy to implement the LG-recommended waiver of licencing fee tender.
Cabinet was subsequently permitted to reverse its earlier choice, and Sisodia was permitted to carry out the one-time waiver.
It has been claimed that an effort was made to post-facto legalise an illegal choice. The chief secretary received the cabinet note for a cabinet meeting scheduled for 2:00 PM on July 14 at 9:30 AM. There was no cabinet note distributed. The LG should have received this 48 hours in advance, ideally. To “assist Sisodia,” this arrived at the LG office around 5:00 p.m.
On Sisodia’s orders, the excise department reportedly refunded bidders at airports for a total of Rs 30 Crore because it was unable to obtain the airport authorities’ No Objection Certificate. Ideally, this money ought to have been forfeited.
The state exchequer lost money as a result of the withdrawal of the Rs 50 per case tax on imported beer without the authority’s consent.
L7Z licensees received no clearance from LG, and the number of L1 licensees has expanded from April 1 to May 31 and then again from June 1 to July 31.
The Delhi government modified its excise police last year and stopped selling alcohol.