7th October 2023,Mumbai: Unusual Circumstances Surrounding Sanjay Singh’s Arrest
On October 5th, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh found himself embroiled in a peculiar situation when the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought to relocate him from their custody to a local police station. The ostensible reason? Pest control in the lockup where he was being held. In this article, we delve into the unfolding events and the subsequent explanations provided by both Sanjay Singh and the ED.
A Nightmarish Arrest and Custody
Sanjay Singh’s ordeal began when he was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an alleged liquor scam case after the ED conducted a lengthy search of his premises. Subsequently, on Thursday, the ED was granted a five-day custody of the Rajya Sabha MP, initiating a series of bizarre events.
The Peculiar Request: Shifting to a Camera-less Lockup
The startling development occurred when the ED attempted to transfer Sanjay Singh to a local police station that notably lacked CCTV surveillance. Sanjay Singh raised concerns that this move could leave him vulnerable to potential mistreatment or even torture. The reasons provided for this move were baffling, to say the least.
A Dubious Explanation: Pest Control in the Lockup
When pressed for an explanation for the relocation, the ED offered a “very weird and strange reply”: they claimed it was necessary due to the use of pesticides in the lockup. Sanjay Singh’s application questioned the logic behind this decision, suggesting that he could have been accommodated in another lockup. The ED countered this by asserting that the pest control service had been scheduled for October 3rd, a day prior to Sanjay Singh’s arrest.
The Unsettling Night of October 5th
As Sanjay Singh adamantly refused to be moved to the alternative lockup, he was coerced into providing written consent to remain in the interrogation room at the ED office. This development raised significant concerns about his treatment and the circumstances of his detention.
A lack of Alternatives: No Other Room at ED Headquarters?
One can’t help but wonder why the ED seemingly had no alternative facilities at its headquarters to accommodate Sanjay Singh during the pest control procedure. The incongruity between the ED’s claim of pre-planned pest control and the apparent lack of contingency measures raises questions about the transparency and preparedness of the agency.
Allegations of Mistreatment and Inhuman Conditions
During his resistance to the relocation, Sanjay Singh was compelled to sleep outside the lockup, exposed to the elements and subjected to inhuman treatment. Such conditions cast a shadow over the handling of the case and the treatment of individuals in custody.
The Court’s Disposition: A Sudden Turn of Events
In a surprising turn of events, Special Judge Vikas Dhull disposed of Sanjay Singh’s plea, deeming it “infructuous.” The ED had clarified that they had no intention of shifting Sanjay Singh and that the pest control had been pre-planned. This abrupt resolution raises further questions about the clarity of communication within the ED and its handling of sensitive cases.
An Unusual Chapter In Sanjay Singh’s Legal Saga
The events surrounding Sanjay Singh’s attempted relocation to a camera-less lockup during pest control operations have undoubtedly added a bizarre twist to his legal journey. While the ED’s explanation has quelled immediate concerns, the entire Incident underscores the need for transparency and accountability in the treatment of individuals in custody and the handling of sensitive cases. Sanjay Singh’s experience serves as a stark reminder of the complexities and peculiarities that can arise in the course of legal proceedings.
-by Kashvi Gala