On Friday, a Delhi court approved the request of Manish Sisodia, former deputy chief minister of Delhi, to open a new bank account.
This decision comes after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seized his previous account in connection with a money laundering case.
Sisodia, accompanied by tight security, appeared in court and sought permission to initiate the process of opening the new account. He informed the court that his existing Bank of Baroda account at the Shakarpur Branch, where his salary was deposited, had been frozen due to the investigation, causing difficulties for his family to access funds.
Sisodia highlighted the necessity for a new account to facilitate the deposit of his salary. Special judge MK Nagpal granted Sisodia permission to proceed with the documentation for the new account.
The court additionally instructed Sisodia to share the details of the new account with the ED. Furthermore, the court directed the ED to provide clear copies of the charge sheet and related documents to the accused individuals in the case.
The ED fulfilled the request of accused Amandeep Dhall by supplying him with CCTV footage from his interrogation. The court has scheduled the next hearing for September 22.
The ED has been investigating money laundering related to the Delhi liquor excise policy 2021-22 and has already filed five chargesheets.
Sisodia was initially arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 26 and subsequently by the ED on March 9.
His attempts to secure bail for the cases investigated by both the CBI and ED have been denied by the trial court and the Delhi high court. Currently, his appeals are pending before the Supreme Court.