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‘CBI tortures Manish Sisodia’: AAP berates probe body as remand continues


The Aam Aadmi Party has accused the Central Bureau of Investigation of ‘torturing’ former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The senior politician was arrested last week in connection with the state’s now-abolished liquor policy and remains in CBI remand custody. The probe body, meanwhile, insists that Sisodia is evasive and uncooperative.

“Manish Sisodia is tortured by the CBI and is pressured to sign the documents with false allegations made against him. The CBI has no evidence against Sisodia. They never said that any evidence is missing. They raided his residence , but have found nothing,” said AAP’s national spokesperson. Saurabh Bhardwaj told reporters on Sunday.

A day earlier, a special court in Delhi had extended the CBI’s detention on Sisodia until March 6. Addressing the court at the time, the AAP leader said he was forced to sit for hours at a time and answer the same questions over and over.

“They don’t use thirds. But sitting for eight to nine hours and answering the same questions over and over is mental harassment, too,” Sisodia said.

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The allegations have led to sharp rebukes from the BJP, with party leaders accusing the AAP of playing the ‘victim card’.

“This is the complete transformation of a political party that started its journey against corruption as India. Today they celebrate and protect corruption…they consider the action against corruption as mental harassment. Is the court also mentally harassing Sisodia by not Sisodia or Satyendar Jain enlightenment?” asked BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla speaking to ANI.

Following Sisodia’s “mental harassment” charge, the court had ordered the CBI to refrain from repeated questions. “If you have something new, ask him,” the judge said.

(With input from agencies)

Joanna Swanson

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