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Delhi Excise Policy: K Kavitha's custody extended for 14 Days as ED probe continues

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 26th 2024 01:26 PM
Delhi Excise Policy: K Kavitha's custody extended for 14 Days as ED probe continues

Delhi Excise Policy: K Kavitha's custody extended for 14 Days as ED probe continues

PTC News Desk: A Delhi court approved the Enforcement Directorate's request to extend K Kavitha's custody until April 9, following her arrest in connection with the alleged liquor policy scandal. The BRS leader's detention, initiated on March 15, is part of the ongoing investigation into the Aam Aadmi Party's involvement in the controversy. Her arrest came a week before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also detained by the probe agency.

Previously granted a five-day extension, Kavitha's continued custody allowed the ED to confront her with statements from four individuals and a forensic report retrieved from her mobile phone.

The ED alleges Kavitha, daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, played a significant role in the 'South Group', which purportedly bribed the AAP with Rs 100 crore for liquor licenses under Delhi's now-defunct policy. The agency asserts that this money was diverted to fund AAP's electoral campaigns in Goa and Punjab.

In its remand request, the ED emphasised Kavitha's involvement in illicit activities related to government officials and the transfer of Rs 100 crore in criminal proceeds to AAP leaders. Additionally, it accused her of non-cooperation and failure to disclose information during the investigation.

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Kavitha's arrest, marked by a confrontation between her brother, former Telangana minister KT Rama Rao, and ED officials, was followed by a failed appeal to the Supreme Court. Despite her influence, the court rejected her plea, emphasising adherence to legal procedures.

Arvind Kejriwal, facing a similar predicament, withdrew his appeal following Kavitha's rejection, anticipating a similar outcome. Subsequently, he too was remanded to the custody of the ED for seven days.

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(Inputs from agencies)



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