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Delhi excise policy scam: CBI claims liquor businessman met Arvind Kejriwal, mentioned K Kavitha's name

According to the CBI, a liquor entrepreneur from southern India sought support from Arvind Kejriwal, who purportedly assured him that K Kavitha would establish contact.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- April 12th 2024 04:14 PM -- Updated: April 12th 2024 04:41 PM
Delhi excise policy scam: CBI claims liquor businessman met Arvind Kejriwal, mentioned K Kavitha's name

Delhi excise policy scam: CBI claims liquor businessman met Arvind Kejriwal, mentioned K Kavitha's name

PTC News Desk: In a recent development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has brought forward startling claims surrounding a meeting between a liquor businessman from the southern region and Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The agency asserted that during this encounter, which took place on March 16, 2022, at the Chief Minister's office in Delhi, the businessman sought Kejriwal's support. Allegedly, Kejriwal assured the businessman that K Kavitha would establish contact with him regarding the matter, and purportedly requested financial contributions in return.

According to the CBI, K Kavitha, a prominent figure associated with the BRS party in Telangana, subsequently reached out to the businessman, arranging a meeting in Hyderabad. During their interaction, Kavitha referenced the businessman's encounter with the Delhi Chief Minister and mentioned Vijay Nair's involvement. Nair, identified as AAP's former media coordinator, is also implicated in the case.

Further allegations by the CBI claim that Kavitha informed the businessman of the necessity to procure an upfront sum of Rs 100 crore, with a request for a contribution of Rs 50 crore from him.

Additionally, the CBI contends that one of the accused, Vijay Nair, purportedly received kickbacks amounting to at least Rs 100 crore from a conglomerate known as the South Group, allegedly controlled by individuals including Sarath Reddy, Kavitha, and Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, purportedly on behalf of AAP leaders.

Meanwhile, amidst these revelations, the court has reserved its decision on the CBI's plea for a five-day custody of K Kavitha, who is currently under arrest in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, is already incarcerated in Tihar Jail following her arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the same case. The CBI has expressed dissatisfaction with Kavitha's cooperation during questioning, alleging evasion in her responses.

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In response, Kavitha's legal representation has contested the legality of her arrest, accusing the CBI of violating her fundamental rights. The unfolding situation underscores the complexities and implications of the ongoing investigation into the alleged conspiracy involving political figures and the liquor industry.

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- With inputs from agencies

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