The CBI in its charge sheet has stated that these handsets were deliberately disposed of and contained incriminating evidence related to the excise policy.
The CBI has filed a charge sheet in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court in the Excise Policy case. The CBI charge sheet states that former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia admitted that he destroyed two mobile phones, which contained crime evidence.
As per the charge sheet, investigation has revealed that from January 1, 2020 to August 19, 2022, Manish Sisodia used three handsets, two of which were used before July 22, 2022 and confirmed to have been destroyed by him Was. A response to a notice in this regard was registered under section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The CBI in its charge sheet has said that these handsets were deliberately disposed of and contained incriminating evidence relating to the (excise) policy. The charge sheet states that Manish Sisodia was the main architect of the GoM (Group of Ministers) report. The CBI said that as part of the criminal conspiracy, undue advantage was given to private wholesalers by way of higher profit margins.
The CBI further stated that Manish Sisodia had an ulterior motive that the distributors would give undue favors to him in exchange of favorable provisions. Undue advantage was given to private wholesalers in the form of very high profit margins (increased from 5% to 12%).
The ulterior motive of Manish Sisodia was that these distributors would give undue advantage to him or his close associate and representative Vijay Nair in lieu of such favorable provisions.
The chargesheet further states that Manish Sisodia manipulated the process of taking comments from the public. The chargesheet also mentions the criminal conspiracy established by the visit of members of the ‘South Group’ to Delhi and Vijay Nair to Hyderabad. It added, “The criminal conspiracy is further established by the visit of accused Vijay Nair to Hyderabad in connection with the inclusion of favorable provisions in the new excise policy.”
The CBI said that the members of the ‘South Group’ had gone to Delhi to hatch the conspiracy. The charge sheet stated, “During this period on 20.05.2021 and 21.05.2021 the accused persons of ‘South Group’ – Abhishek Boinapalli, Arun R Pillai, Buchibabu Gorantla and Sharath Reddy had traveled by chartered aircraft to New Delhi and Had a meeting. Accused Vijay Nair, along with other accused persons – Amandeep Singh Dhall and Arjun Pandey, at Gaur Apartment near Claridge Hotel in New Delhi on 21.05.2021 (where in relation to modus operandi of obtaining pecuniary advantage in lieu of undue benefit) was composed.” The CBI also said that several provisions suggested by the members of the ‘South Group’ were added as it is in the GoM report.