Delhi Excise Policy scam case: ED summons Telangana CM’s daughter Kavitha, say sources
Delhi Excise Policy Scam Case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned BRS MLC and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kavitha in connection with the Delhi liquor scam, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying on Wednesday.
He has been called for questioning tomorrow, March 9.
The development comes days after Hyderabad-based chartered accountant Buchibabu Gorantla – believed to be Kavita’s ex-auditor – was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the same case.
The CBI in a statement on Wednesday (February 8) said that the accused CA has been arrested for his alleged role in framing and implementing the Delhi Excise Policy and for causing undue favor to Hyderabad-based wholesale and retail licensees and their beneficial owners.
The CBI said that the accused will be produced in the court today. The excise policy was passed in the Delhi cabinet led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in 2021 amid the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Delhi government says the policy was formulated to ensure maximum revenue and eliminate the sale of spurious liquor or non-duty paid liquor in Delhi, apart from improving user experience. The probe was conducted in view of a report by the Chief Secretary to Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommending a CBI inquiry into the matter.
Following the LG’s recommendation, the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has issued a notice to the Excise Commissioner of Delhi asking him to provide all documents related to grant of liquor license under the new excise policy.
Also, former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was arrested in connection with the alleged excise policy scam. Last year, several raids were also conducted at several places in Delhi and the National Capital Region, including at Sisodia’s residence and the premises of four public servants.
(with inputs from agencies)
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