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Delhi excise policy case: ED remand of BRS leader K Kavitha extended

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- March 23rd 2024 01:49 PM
Delhi excise policy case: ED remand of BRS leader K Kavitha extended

Delhi excise policy case: ED remand of BRS leader K Kavitha extended

Delhi excise policy case: The Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi has extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand of BRS leader K. Kavitha until March 26. Kavitha, while being presented in court on Saturday, contested her arrest, describing it illegal, and vowed to challenge it in the court.

She alleged that her arrest was politically motivated and based on fabricated charges. Following the verdict, the BRS leader expressed concern over the timing of arrests during the Lok Sabha elections and urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to intervene.

Kavitha was brought before the Special Judge in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case, as her ED custody concluded. The ED had sought a further extension of her remand for five days, citing ongoing searches at her nephew Mekha Saran's residence.

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Earlier, the Supreme Court declined to entertain K Kavitha's bail plea in the Delhi excise policy case, directing her to approach the trial court for bail. The court said there was the need for a uniform policy, barring political figures from seeking bail directly from the Supreme Court. Kavitha's plea challenged her arrest and remand, arguing that they violated Article 141 and Section 19(1) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Act.

The ED alleged that Kavitha conspired with AAP leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, in the Delhi excise policy formulation, paying Rs 100 crore in exchange for favours. This comes after Kavitha's arrest on March 15 in connection to the Delhi Liquor Policy Scam.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was remanded to ED custody until March 28 following his arrest in the same case. Two other AAP leaders, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, are also implicated. Sisodia, former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, was arrested by the CBI on February 26, while Sanjay Singh, a Rajya Sabha member, was arrested by the ED on October 5.

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