AAP’s Sanjay Singh Granted Bail By Supreme Court In Money Laundering Case

During the hearing, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna and comprising Justices Dipankar Datta and PB Varale stated that Singh could "continue with his political activities" during the bail period.

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AAP’s Sanjay Singh Granted Bail By Supreme Court In Money Laundering Case.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last October in an alleged money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy scam, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The court, however, made it clear that the “bail can’t be treated as precedent” as it heard Singh’s pleas seeking bail in the money laundering case and his arrest and subsequent ED remand.

The ED, in its submission, stated that it had no objection to granting bail to Singh during the ongoing proceedings under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The terms of his bail will be determined by a trial court.

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During the hearing, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna and comprising Justices Dipankar Datta and PB Varale stated that Singh could “continue with his political activities” during the bail period.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing on behalf of the ED, informed the court that they had an “arguable case, but we can give a concession.” He further added, “Without going into merits, I will make a concession in the bail matter…”

The bail order was issued after the court sought a reply from the probe agency following arguments by senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represented Singh. The court noted that there were exculpatory statements by accused-turned-approver Dinesh Arora and no money had been recovered.

The bail order for Sanjay Singh came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was also arrested by the ED in connection to the same money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped liquor policy, was sent to 14-day custody until April 15 and is currently being held in Tihar Jail.

Kejriwal has been allotted Jail No. 2 in Tihar, where Singh was earlier lodged following his arrest on October 4, 2023, after Dinesh Arora, the ED’s star witness, named the Delhi MP in his statement.

The other two AAP leaders currently in Tihar are former Delhi Ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain.

In February, the Delhi High Court had refused to grant bail to Sanjay Singh, stating that there were no grounds for bail at that stage. Approximately a week later, the AAP leader moved the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court’s order.

At the time of Singh’s arrest, the Enforcement Directorate claimed that he was a key conspirator in the Delhi liquor policy scam and had received Rs 2 crore in proceeds of crime.

The probe agency also alleged that he was closely associated with a number of accused or suspects in this case, including Dinesh Arora.

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