SC grants Sanjay Singh bail during pendency of proceedings in Delhi liquor scam

Shailesh Khanduri
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Sanjay Singh (File photo)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh bail in the Delhi excise policy scam case during pendency of proceedings.


During the hearing, SC asked the Enforcement Directorate whether it needs further custody of Singh, arrested in the Delhi excise policy scam case about six months ago.

A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna, Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice P B Varale told Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the ED, to take instructions and apprise it in post-lunch session of the court on whether further custody of Singh was required and remarked that he has spent six months in jail.

As the bench assembled after lunch, Raju told that court that he haa a very arguable size.


"But, in the bail matter I may make a concession. In peculiar facts and circumstances of this case. He keeps giving a lot of interviews," Raju said.

The pronounced that the leave is granted.

"In the morning session ld ASG SV Raju was asked to obtain instructions. He states they have no objections if Sanjay Singh is released on bail in proceedings arising out of FIR so and so PMLA case. In view of statement made, we allow the present appeal (bail matter) and direct that Sanjay Singh be released on bail during pendency of trial on terms and conditions set by the trial court," the bench said.


The bench warned Singh not to make any unnecessary (comments).

"Learned Counsel for Sanjay Singh states that he will not make any comments about his role in the case," the bench said.

The top court was hearing Singh's plea challenging his arrest and remand in the money laundering case.


The bench told Raju that no money had been recovered from the possession of Singh and the allegation of him receiving a Rs 2 crore bribe could be tested in the trial. The additional solicitor general said he would respond to the submissions of Singh against his arrest and remand in the post-lunch session.

Singh was arrested in the case by the ED on October 4 last year.

Before the high court, Singh had sought bail on the grounds that he has been in custody for over three months and no role has been attributed to him in the predicate offence.


The probe agency in the high court had opposed the bail plea and claimed that Singh was involved in acquiring, possessing, concealing, dissipating and using proceeds of the crime generated from the Delhi liquor scam pertaining to the policy period of 2021-22.

The agency had further claimed that the AAP leader has gained illegal money or kickbacks which are proceeds of crime generated from the liquor policy scam and that he has also played a role in conspiracy with others.

The ED's money laundering case stems from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR. According to the CBI and the ED, irregularities were committed while modifying the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 and undue favours were extended to licence holders.