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Delhi Excise policy case: Telegana CM KCR's daughter to be questioned In Delhi liquor policy case tomorrow

Telangana’s chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao's daughter MLC K Kavitha has been summoned by the ED for questioning on Thursday in connection with the Delhi excise policy money laundering probe.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 08th 2023 09:33 AM
Delhi Excise policy case: Telegana CM KCR's daughter to be questioned In Delhi liquor policy case tomorrow

Delhi Excise policy case: Telegana CM KCR's daughter to be questioned In Delhi liquor policy case tomorrow

New Delhi, March 8: In a major development of the recent ongoing investigation on Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 and money laundering case, Telangana’s chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao's daughter MLC K Kavitha has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning on Thursday in connection with the Delhi excise policy money laundering probe.

According to sources, ED has summoned Bharatiya Rashtriya Samiti (BRS) MLC and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha for questioning on Thursday.  The summons came after former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia's arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case. Kavitha was questioned by the CBI in December last year.


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On February 26, Sisodia was arrested in an ongoing investigation of a case related to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court sent him to Judicial Custody till March 20.

ED, last year filed its first chargesheet in the case. The agency said it has so far undertaken nearly 200 search operations in this case after filing FIR after taking cognisance of a CBI case which was registered on the recommendation of the Delhi lieutenant governor.

The CBI inquiry was recommended on the findings of the Delhi chief secretary's report filed in July showing prima facie violations of the GNCTD Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009, and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, officials had said.

In October, the ED had raided nearly three dozen locations in Delhi and Punjab following the arrest of Sameer Mahendru, Managing Director of Delhi's Jor Bagh-based liquor distributor Indospirit Group, in the case and arrested him later.

The CBI too filed its first charge sheet in the case early this week.

The ED and the CBI had alleged that irregularities were committed while modifying the Excise Policy, undue favours were extended to licence holders, the licence fee was waived or reduced and the L-1 licence was extended without the competent authority's approval. The beneficiaries diverted "illegal" gains to the accused officials and made false entries in their books of account to evade detection.

As per the allegations, the Excise Department had decided to refund the Earnest Money Deposit of about Rs 30 crore to a successful tenderer against the set rules. Even though there was no enabling provision, a waiver on tendered licence fees was allowed from December 28, 2021, to January 27, 2022, due to COVID-19.

This allegedly caused a loss of Rs 144.36 crore to the exchequer, which has been instituted on a reference from the Union Home Ministry following a recommendation from Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena. 

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- ANI

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