CBI: Sisodia Confesses to Destroying 2 Phones for Evidence Erasure
Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, implicated in the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam, confesses to destroying 2 phones to erase digital evidence, according to CBI.
Delhi’s former deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. (Photo by PTI)
According to sources, Manish Sisodia, the former deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, who is currently in jail as part of the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam, has admitted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that he destroyed two mobile phones to eliminate digital evidence.
Sisodia, who is the primary accused in the case, was arrested by the CBI on charges of evidence destruction and collusion with other defendants to implement a policy that favored select liquor businessmen in exchange for financial gains for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Sources within the investigation agency have revealed that Manish Sisodia, during the period from January 2020 to August 2022, utilized three mobile devices. On August 19, 2022, the CBI seized Sisodia’s most recent phone during a search conducted at his residence. It was discovered that Sisodia had been using this seized phone since July 22, 2022, which coincided with the day the Ministry of Home Affairs referred the case to the CBI.
Officials suspect that Sisodia, upon learning about the CBI’s impending investigation, destroyed his old phone and switched to a new one. In the course of questioning, Sisodia reportedly admitted to destroying two of his previous phones.
According to sources, the agency has included this information as evidence of Manish Sisodia’s alleged destruction of evidence in the recent chargesheet filed against him. Officials suspect that Sisodia purposely destroyed the phones to manipulate the digital evidence related to the case.
In a previous chargesheet, the Enforcement Directorate had accused Sisodia of using over a dozen mobile phones during the time of the alleged crime and intentionally erasing digital evidence from them. The Aam Aadmi Party, in a recent press conference, denied the allegations and accused the CBI and the ED of being politically influenced by the BJP. Currently, Manish Sisodia remains in Tihar jail, awaiting a decision on his bail application from the Delhi High Court.