Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Resign Over Liquor Policy Discrepancy
Delhi Deputy Chief Ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain have resigned over alleged discrepancies in Delhi’s liquor policy. Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena has recommended to President Draupadi Murmu to accept their resignations.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Resign: Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena has recommended to President Draupadi Murmu to accept the resignations of Deputy Chief Ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, accepted the resignations on Tuesday, two days after Sisodia was detained in connection with suspected discrepancies in Delhi’s liquor policy.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Resign
Sisodia was arrested on Sunday in an ongoing probe into suspected irregularities in the drafting and implementation of the Delhi government’s excise policy. Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Monday sent him to five-day CBI custody. The CBI has also questioned AAP leader Satyendar Jain in Tihar Jail in connection with alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy. Jain is currently in judicial custody in another case related to a money laundering case initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Supreme Court urges Sisodia to approach Delhi High Court
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain Sisodia’s plea opposing his arrest in a murder case. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud observed that the court was not inclined to accept the matter at this stage and urged Sisodia to approach the Delhi High Court. “It cannot interfere with the situation as it can open the doors of persons coming to the apex court in every similar case,” the court said.
Allegations of corruption in Delhi’s excise policy implementation
Recently, the CBI and ED have made several arrests for alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy. Sisodia’s name had cropped up in the case along with another Delhi cabinet member as well as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s office said in a statement, “Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Saxena has suggested to the President on the request of the Chief Minister of Delhi to accept the resignations of ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain on February 28.”
In conclusion, the resignation of Delhi Deputy Chief Ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain over alleged discrepancies in Delhi’s liquor policy has stirred up controversy in the Indian capital. The CBI and ED continue to investigate the case, and more arrests could follow in the future.