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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Manish Sisodia alleges mental harassment by CBI

Manish Sisodia, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, has been ordered to spend two additional days in CBI detention in connection with the excise policy case. Sisodia told the court that the agency had mentally tortured him by constantly asking him identical questions for several hours every day. Sisodia’s solicitor contended that non-cooperation cannot be grounds for custody and opposed the court’s remand ruling.

The CBI said that Sisodia was non-cooperative and withheld relevant information. But, Sisodia’s lawyer claimed that there was no difference between the first day and today and therefore non-cooperation could not be used to justify remand. Notwithstanding Sisodia’s lawyers’ pleas that his wife’s physical condition should be taken into account, the judge allowed the CBI’s custody application.

The AAP employees demonstrated outside the Rouse Avenue district court in support of Sisodia. The former Deputy Chief Minister also mentioned the court’s order that he not be subjected to any “third-degree measures” during questioning. He stated that, while the CBI respected them, sitting for 8-10 hours and continuously repeating the same questions was third-degree mental torment.

Sisodia’s case involved the excise policy, and the CBI claimed that he was not sharing the exact facts of the case. Sisodia’s attorneys contended that the CBI had nothing in documentation, only statements. They further claimed that significant interrogation had already occurred and that further remand should not be granted.

The case emphasises the issue of mental harassment experienced by persons accused of a crime. The frequent interrogation and lack of progress might result in mental health difficulties and undue stress for the accused. It is critical to guarantee that the interrogation is fair and reasonable and that the accused is not exposed to physical or mental harassment.

Sisodia emphasises the significance of fair and equitable questioning, as well as the need to protect the accused from physical or mental mistreatment. The CBI must conduct the inquiry in a fair and just way, taking care not to violate the accused’s rights.

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