Manish Sisodia, the former Deputy Chief Minister, went home to visit his sick wife after being granted permission by a Delhi court. He is involved in a money-laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the excise policy.
The air quality in Delhi improved a bit due to recent rainfall, with Anand Vihar recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 288 (considered poor). However, this relief might not last long. According to Kuldeep Srivastava, a scientist at IMD, the impact of the western disturbance is expected to continue until Saturday afternoon. The Air Quality Early Warning System forecasted a possible decline in air quality to ‘very poor’ on Sunday and ‘severe’ on Monday after Diwali.
Delhi’s Vigilance minister, Atishi, has started an inquiry into a complaint against Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar. The complaint suggests that the chief secretary’s son was employed by a relative of a landowner who received higher compensation for land acquired for a road project. Atishi has instructed officials to provide all related files by 7 pm today for further action.
Manish Sisodia was allowed to leave Tihar jail for six hours on Saturday to visit his unwell wife.
The Delhi Police, following permission from the Rouse Avenue court on Friday, brought Sisodia to meet his wife at AB 17 Mathura Road, which is now designated to Delhi Minister Atishi but was previously assigned to Sisodia.
Strict restrictions on additional visitors are in place, with a significant police presence even at his residence. Sisodia had sought court permission for a five-day visit but was granted a six-hour opportunity by Special Judge M K Nagpal to meet his wife between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. under police custody.
Despite the Supreme Court dismissing Sisodia’s bail petition and earlier rejections from the High Court and trial court, the High Court had allowed him in June to meet his wife while in custody. Sisodia was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 9 in the liquor policy case after a previous arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 26. Legal proceedings are ongoing.
The court also extended the judicial custody of MP Sanjay Singh in the Delhi Excise policy money laundering case until November 24, 2023. Additionally, Sanjay Singh was permitted to appear before the CJM Court at Amritsar, Punjab, on November 18, 2023, in a defamation case. The court instructed the jail authorities to ensure his safe transportation, considering his health and changing weather conditions.