• Former journalist
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Hair Colour||Salt & pepper (semi-bald)|
|Political Party||Aam Aadmi Party
|Political Journey||2012: He became a member of the Political Affairs Committee of Aam Aadmi Party.
2013: He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Delhi Assembly election from Patparganj constituency of East Delhi.
2015: He got re-elected in Delhi Assembly election from Patparganj constituency and became the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.
2020: He contested the Delhi Assembly Elections from the Patparganj constituency and won by about 3000 votes. He was in a close contest with his nearest rival, the BJP's Ravinder Singh Negi.
2023: On 28 February 2023, he resigned from the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi following his arrest by the CBI in Delhi's excise policy case. India Today
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• 2015: Ranked 90 on the List of most powerful Indians by The Indian Express
• 2016: Ranked 88 on the List of most powerful Indians by The Indian Express
• 2017: Won the Finest Education Minister Award
• 2017: Ranked 62 on the List of most powerful Indians by The Indian Express
• 2019: Won the Champions of Change Award for his exceptional work as the Education Minister of Delhi
• 2021: Honoured with the Mahatma Gandhi Award for his work in the field of education
• 2022: Ranked 36 on the List of most powerful Indians by The Indian Express
|Date of Birth||5 January 1972 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||51 Years|
|Birthplace||Shahpur Fagauta village, Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Hometown||Shahpur Fagauta village, Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|School||A government school in Shahpur Fagauta village, Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh|
|College/University||Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan in Delhi|
|Educational Qualification||Diploma in journalism (1993) GITAM Changemakers|
|Religion||Hinduism The Asian Age|
|Caste||Kshatriya (Rajput) The Asian Age|
|Address||D-59, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi (110092)|
|Hobbies||Reading, travelling, playing chess|
• 1 charge related to Voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty (IPC Section-332)
• 2 charges related to Punishment for Defamation (IPC Section-500)
• 1 charge related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC Section-34)
• 1 charge related to Effect caused partly by act and partly by omission (IPC Section-36)
• 1 charge related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in prosecution of a common object (IPC Section-149) 
Cases Where Convicted
• 1 charge related to Obstructing public servants in the discharge of public functions (IPC Section-186)
• 1 charge related to Assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty (IPC Section-353)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for wrongful Confinement (IPC Section-342)
• 1 charge related to Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace (IPC Section-504)
• 1 charge related to Punishment of criminal conspiracy (IPC Section-120B)
• 1 charge related to Punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence, and where no express provision is made for its punishment (IPC Section-109)
• 1 charge related to Abettor present when an offence is committed (IPC Section-114
Threatened Vegetable Vendors
In 2016, again he got trapped in a controversy, in which the President of Ghazipur Vegetable Association, Surendra Goswami filed a written complaint against him for threatening few vegetable vendors in Delhi.
‘Talk to AK’
In January 2017, CBI registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against him, as CBI had alleged him for violating rules and regulation during a media campaign ‘Talk to AK,' which was a talk show similar to Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat.'
Irregularities in Excise Policy 2021-22
On 19 August 2022, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the premises of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in connection with the alleged irregularities in the State government's previous Excise Policy. In July 2022, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into the revamped Excise Policy after it was found that the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 had alleged violations and procedural lapses which caused a loss of over Rs 150 crore to the exchequer. The Hindu Follwoing the raids, the CBI named him as an accused number 1 in an FIR that the agency filed against 15 people including Sisodia. News 18 On 26 February 2023, the CBI arrested him from Rajghat in Delhi in connection with the allegation of irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped 2021-22 excise policy case. According to the CBI, Sisodia did not cooperate in the investigation and gave evasive replies despite being confronted with evidence to the contrary. The Hindu On 9 March 2023, the Enforcement Directorate arrested him after questioning him inside Tihar Jail in connection with money laundering charges in excise policy case. Hindustan Times On 25 April 2023, the CBI filed a supplementary chargesheet against him in the excise policy case; the CBI invoked IPC 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 201 and 420 besides provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. The Times of India On 30 May 2023, the Delhi High Court denied him bail in connection with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s case related to alleged irregularities in the 2021-22 excise policy, saying that the allegations against him were serious. Hindustan Times On 3 July 2023, the Delhi High Court again rejected his bail plea. The Hindu
On 14 March 2023, the CBI fild an FIR against Manish Sisodia and named him as primary accused in connection with allegations that a special feedback unit (FBU) created by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in 2015 illegally snooped on political rivals and government officials; Sisodia was the minister-in-charge of the vigilance department. The FIR was filed under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act. According to the CBI, working of the feedback unit “caused wrongful loss to the government exchequer” to the tune of approximately Rs 36 lakh. Hindustan Times
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||31 October 1998|
|Wife/Spouse||Seema Sisodia (homemaker)
|Children||Son- Meer Sisodia
|Parents||Father- Dharampal Sisodia (public school teacher and captain lieutenant in the Indian Army) (he died in 2014) Facebook - Manish Sisodia
Mother- Name not known
|Siblings||Brother- Narendra Sisodia (died in 2021) Jagran
Sister- Name not known
|Car Collection||Maruti Suzuki Alto 800|
|Salary (approx.)||As of 2022, his monthly salary was estimated to be Rs 54,000. The New Indian Express|
• Cash: Rs. 20,000
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 4,17,005
• Insurance Policies: Rs. 37,883
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 21,00,000
Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2020. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). MyNeta
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 25.7 lakhs
Note: The net worth was for the financial year 2020. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). MyNeta
Some Lesser Known Facts About Manish Sisodia
- Manish Sisodia is an Indian politician and former journalist, who is known for being one of the founders of the political party AAP (Aam Aadmi Party). He was elected as a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2015. Since 2015, he had been serving as the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi; however, following his arrest in the Delhi liquor policy scam, he resigned from the position on 28 February 2023.
- He belongs to Shahpur Fagauta village in Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh; however, he completed his higher education in New Delhi.
- After completing his diploma in Journalism, he worked as a radio jockey at All India Radio in July 1996, where he hosted the ‘Zero Hour’ show. In 1997, he joined Zee News, where he worked as a reporter, news producer and news reader. Later, in 2005, he left Zee News.
- Before getting into politics, he and Arvind Kejriwal knew each other for 12 years.
- In the early 2000s, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia founded a non-profit activism organisation named ‘Parivartan.’
- He also established a Non-Governmental organisation, ‘Kabir’ in Delhi to spread awareness among people regarding the right to information Act.
- According to sources, he was one of the key members of the group that drafted the Right to Information Act.
- He was also a founder member of an organisation, India Against Corruption, and actively participated in making Anna Hazare‘s Janlokpal Aandolan, a successful and gigantic movement of the year 2011. He was also arrested for his participation in the protests.
- He played a key role in drafting the first version of the Jan Lokpal bill.
- He, along with Arvind Kejriwal, established the Public Cause Research Foundation in the year 2006.
- In November 2012, he founded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) along with Arvind Kejriwal and some others.
- In 2015, he was invited to an India Today show titled ‘Third Degree.’
- On 14 February 2015, he became the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi. After he became the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi during the Third Kejriwal Cabinet, he took care of 18 departments of the Government of Delhi such as finance, education, tourism, PWD, power, home, urban development, labour, employment, and public works department. NDTV
- In 2015, after he was chosen as the Finance Minister of Delhi, he doubled the public education program’s funding. He reconstructed and renovated many schools in Delhi by providing modern tech-based teaching equipment, football fields, field hockey turfs, auditoriums, and science laboratories. For increasing the quality of education and enhancing the performance of students, the Delhi Government suggested that schools in Delhi must organise mega PTMs (Parent Teacher Meetings), where parents and teachers can interact thoroughly.
- In 2016, he confronted the limelight when he and the famous Indian writer Chetan Bhagat had an argument on Twitter related to Sisodia’s visit to Finland.
- In 2017, he presented the Delhi Education model at the Global Education conference held in Moscow, Russia, in front of educators, who belonged to 40 countries.
- On 17 November 2017, a Hindi socio-political documentary titled ‘An Insignificant man’ was released, which was based on the life story and political journey of the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. Manish Sisodia also appeared in the documentary.
- In 2018, he attended the Harvard India Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts, United States, where he gave a keynote speech about Delhi’s education model.
- In 2018, he visited IIM Ahmedabad and discussed the topic of Indian Education with the students.
- In 2018, The Delhi Government launched ‘Mission Buniyaad’ a statewide program to enhance the fundamental learning of students.
- In 2019, he published a book titled ‘Shiksha: My Experiments as an Education Minister.’ He released the book on 9 September 2019 in which he wrote about his journey as the education minister of Delhi and education reforms made by his political party AAP.
- In a 2019 interview, Manish Sisodia and Seema Sisodia talked about the first film they watched together and said that it was the popular Hollywood film ‘Titanic’ (1997), which they watched together.
- In September 2021, the Government of Delhi launched a student entrepreneurship program titled ‘Business Blasters,’ which was created to develop a business mindset among students and help them in starting up their own businesses for which around three lakh students received Rs 2000 as seed money. On 5 March 2022, 126 finalist students of the first edition of the program were given an opportunity to showcase their businesses at the Business Blasters Expo 2022.
- In December 2021, he went to a 3-day RewirEd Summit held in Dubai and presented Mindset Curriculum in front of educationists from different countries. On his 3-day trip to Dubai, he had a meeting with the education ministers of various countries including Estonia, Italy, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia and discussed the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum.
Discussed Delhi’s Happiness Curriculum at Dubai Education Summit. Interesting feedback from edu. ministers from Italy, Estonia, Bangladesh and UAE. pic.twitter.com/Em8MRUiXz1
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) December 13, 2021
- In 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he supported the cancellation of the CBSE Board Exam 2020-21 of Class 10 considering the safety of students.
- In May 2022, he presented the education model of Delhi at the Education World Forum 2022 held in London in front of 122 education ministers and public representatives from countries all around the world.
- His education policy was praised by The New York Times in August 2022.
- He established 3 Universities in Delhi – Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) in 2020, Delhi Sports University (DSU) in 2021, and Delhi Teachers University in 2022.
- During his tenure as the Finance Minister of Delhi, he presented an annual budget of Rs 75,800 crores for the year 2022-23.
- In February 2023, Manish Sisodia was arrested by CBI in the liquor scam. He was accused of irregularities in the implementation of the now-withdrawn excise policy 2021-22. The Economic Times After his arrest, Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Minister of Punjab, and Raghav Chadha, spokesperson of the Aam Aadmi Party, visited Manish Sisodia‘s house to meet his family members. In an interview, while talking about Manish Sisodia’s arrest, Arvind Kejriwal said that Manish Sisodia is an honest man and the allegations against him are false. His wife, Seema Sisodia, is suffering from multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease which affects the central nervous system of the body, and his son, Meer Sisodia, lives abroad for studying. He said,
Manish ji’s wife is suffering from a serious illness — multiple sclerosis. In this disease, the brain’s control over the body gradually decreases. Manishji’s son studies abroad. She is alone now. I told her that Manish ji is a brave person and every Indian is proud of Manishji. We are like a family and we will take care of her. Manish ji is an honest and brave man dedicated to the welfare of the country. The case against him is false. The entire country is watching how he ensured good education for the poor. He is the first person in the history of 75 years who worked for the education of poor people. Across the entire country, the respected and the honest are put behind the bars. And those who are looting the banks are the friends. No action is taken against them. They are not even served notice because they are friends.” Hindustan Times
- He consumes alcohol occasionally.