Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia, who was arrested last month in the Delhi liquor policy case, today tweeted to say that the probe agency cannot “break his spirit” by keeping him in their custody.
“Sir, you can trouble me by putting me in jail. But can’t break my spirits. The British also gave trouble to the freedom fighters, but their spirits did not break,” a rough translation of Mr Sisodia tweet in Hindi read.
साहेब जेल में डालकर मुझे कष्ट पहुँचा सकते हो,
मगर मेरे हौसले नहीं तोड़ सकते,
कष्ट अंग्रेजो ने भी स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों को दिए,
मगर उनके हौसले नहीं टूटे।
– जेल से मनीष सिसोदिया का संदेश
– Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) March 11, 2023
His tweet came a day after he was sent to the Enforcement Directorate’s custody for seven days in the Delhi liquor policy case.
The central agency arrested the AAP leader on Thursday, after hours of questioning at Tihar Jail. Before that, Mr Sisodia was in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI, which arrested him on February 26 over alleged corruption in the framing of now scrapped Delhi’s liquor policy.
During the hearing yesterday, Mr Sisodia’s lawyer slammed the ED for considering arrest as a right without going through the due process of law. “It has become a fashion these days that the agencies take arrests as a right. It’s time for the courts to come down heavily on this sense of entitlement,” Mr Sisodia’s lawyer Dayan Krishna said in the special court.
The Aam Aadmi Party, meanwhile, accused the BJP-led Centre, alleging that its “only objective is to defame” his party.
“The BJP has co-opted and even rewarded some of them like Himanta Biswa Sarma, Suvendu Adhikari, Mukul Roy, Narayan Rane, BS Yediyurappa and Shivraj Chouhan,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh said.
Eight opposition parties last week wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging misuse of central investigation agencies to go after them.
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