Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2023

Alleged threat to Manish Sisodia’s life: Jail authorities reject AAP’s ‘murder’ charges

New Delhi: Hours after AAP leaders alleged a threat to Manish Sisodia’s life in Tihar jail, the Delhi Prison authorities rejected the Aam Aadmi Party’s allegations as “unfounded”.

The response was issued by the jail administration after statements were made by AAP MP Sanjay Singh

The leaders of the Arvind Kejriwal-led party had claimed that they are afraid that former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia could be murdered because he is being lodged in the Tihar Jail with “dreaded criminals”.

Sisodia was arrested for his alleged involvement in the excise policy scam. Reacting to the allegation, the Delhi Prison said former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has been lodged in a ward of Central Jail No. 1 of Tihar where there are a minimum number of inmates and no gangsters.

The response was issued by the jail administration after statements were made by AAP MP Sanjay Singh and MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj.

According to Saurabh Bharadwaj, national spokesperson for the AAP, Sisodia is being held in a cell with other convicts and has not been given a “Vipassana” cell.

“There was a request for Manish Sisodia to be kept in the vipassana cell of the jail and the same was approved by the court. Despite the court’s approval, Sisodia has been kept with criminals in jail number 1. The Centre must give an answer,” Bharadwaj said.

In its response, the prison authorities issued a statement saying “Manish Sisodia has been assigned to a segregated ward keeping his security in mind. The ward…Has minimum number of inmates who are not gangsters and are maintaining good conduct inside the jail.”

According to jail officials, a separate cell makes it possible for him to meditate or do such other activities without any disturbance. “All the arrangements, as per jail rules, are in place to ensure his safety and security. Any aspersions cast about his lodgings is unfounded,” an official added.

Sisodia was arrested by the CBI in the excise policy scam case. He is currently in judicial custody.

The court had allowed the senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to carry the Bhagavad Gita, spectacles and medicines to jail, and directed the Tihar authorities to consider his request to be allowed to do vipassana meditation.

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