A Delhi court on Friday extended judicial custody for AAP leader Sanjay Singh, who is under arrest in connection with a money laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam. The court, presided over by Special Judge M K Nagpal, ruled that Singh will remain in judicial custody until October 27, following the conclusion of his Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody.
During the brief court hearing, the judge instructed Singh not to address unrelated matters during the proceedings. This directive came after Singh raised a complaint that the ED had not acted on his complaint against industrialist Gautam Adani, who has close ties to the central ruling establishment, leading to an ongoing feud between Singh’s AAP and the government.
The judge warned Singh against discussing unrelated issues, stating, “No unrelated matter. If you’ve to give a speech about Adani and Modi, I’ll ask for your production through video conferencing from now onwards.”
Singh asserted before the court that the ED did not pose relevant questions during his custodial interrogation. He criticized the agency, stating, “All they asked is why did I take money from mother, why I sent Rs 10,000 to my wife’s account. ED has become an entertainment department, lies after lies. I gave them a complaint against Adani but they did nothing.”
Following the hearing, the judge granted the ED’s request for judicial custody for two weeks. The judge explained, “Since investigation of the case is still pending to trace out the complete proceeds of crime and involvement of the other accused persons in commission of the alleged offence of money laundering, the accused is remanded to JC till October 27.”
Singh was arrested by the anti-money laundering agency on October 4. The ED alleges that Singh played a pivotal role in formulating and implementing the now-defunct policy, benefiting specific liquor manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in exchange for monetary considerations.
(With PTI inputs)