LoC for Manish Sisodia: Explanation of CBI’s look out circular India News – Times of India

New Delhi: central bureau has said that it is likely that a look out circular Action will be taken against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other persons are accused in connection with Delhi Excise Policy scam. But after all what is this LOC and why is there a political ruckus about it?
Look out circular (LOC) is a circular letter used by authorities to check whether a person traveling abroad is ‘wanted’ by the police or any agency. The circular can be used in immigration checks at international borders.
LoCs are often issued to ensure that a person absconding or wanted by law enforcement agencies does not leave the country.
It is mostly used at immigration checkpoints by the immigration branch at international airports and seaports.
Thus, any person in whose name the LoC has been issued is barred from traveling outside the country as he is ‘desired’ by the law enforcement agencies of the country.
Recently it was clarified by CBI Sources say that the LoC against Sisodia and 14 others is likely to be issued soon and added that it is “in process, not yet issued”.
CBI issued LOC against them Manish Sisodia and 12 others for their alleged involvement in the Delhi Excise Policy scam, as a result of which they cannot travel abroad until further orders.
In the LoC, the agencies concerned notify the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) about a person who may leave the country without informing the law enforcement agencies. The BoI then updates the list of LOCs to its officials at immigration checkpoints at international airports and seaports.
There are certain categories of LOC such as where there is a complete ban on a person going out of the country and in some categories he can go, but only after taking proper permission and informing the concerned law enforcement agency.
According to a CBI official, raids were conducted at 21 places in Delhi-NCR, including the residence of Manish Sisodia and the premises of four public servants. The official said that raids were conducted at the locations of seven states.
Controversy over Delhi’s excise policy:
A report on 8 July by the Chief Secretary of Delhi established prima facie violations of the GNCTD Act 1991, Transactions of Business Rules (TOBR) 1993, Delhi Excise Act 2009 and Delhi Excise Rules 2010.
The Chief Secretary’s report indicated substantial financial gains at the top political level and the Delhi Excise Policy was implemented with the sole objective of taking the private liquor businessmen to the highest rung of the government, Manish Sisodia for financial gain.
Sisodia, who is in charge of the excise department, is believed to have executed the decisions in violation of the statutory provisions of the excise policy, which could have huge financial implications. Sources had earlier claimed that such “undue financial favor” to the liquor licensees after the deadline for tendering caused huge losses to the exchequer.
Based on a report by Delhi Chief Secretary, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into the Delhi Excise Policy brought in November 2021 over alleged violation of procedural lapses committed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in July this year. “Granting post-tender undue advantage to liquor licensees.”
The excise policy handed over the sale of liquor to private players and closed all government-run liquor shops.
LG Saxena approved the suspension of 11 officers over “loopholes” in the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22. The suspended officials include Gopikrishna and Deputy Excise Commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari.
The CBI registered an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy.
On July 30, Sisodia had announced a rollback and said that from August 1, only government outlets would sell liquor in Delhi.
Earlier on August 7, the former Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had accused him of changing his stand on the issue of opening liquor shops in unauthorized areas of Delhi.