Hyderabad: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested Hyderabad-based businessman Boinpally Abhishek Rao in the Delhi Liquor Scam case. This is the third arrest in the case and the first in Hyderabad. Rao, allegedly did not cooperate with the investigative agency when he was called in for questioning leading to an arrest. He is considered the South-connect in Delhi’s liquor policy scam lobby.
“CBI has arrested Sh. Abhishek Boinpally in connection with an ongoing investigation into a case relating to alleged irregularities in the development and implementation of Delhi’s GNCTD excise policy. The arrested accused will be presented before the competent court’s investigation continues,” the investigative agency said. said.
Who is Boinpally Abhishek Rao?
Boinpally Abhishek Rao is a director of 9 companies namely Agasti Ventures, SS Mines & Minerals, Master Sand LLP, Neoverse Realty Pvt ltd, Anoos Electrolysis & Obesity
Valuecare Esthetics Pvt ltd, Zeus Networking pvt ltd, Robin Distribution LLP, Anoos Health & Wellness Pvt ltd. Abhishek Rao is one of Arun Ramachandra Pillai’s co-directors in several companies. It is pertinent to note that Arun is one of the defendants retained by CBI.
The CBI investigation revealed that Arun Ramchandra Pillai, a resident of Kokapet in Hyderabad, used to collect undue pecuniary benefit (money) from Sameer Mahendru of Indo Spirit to pass it on to the official accused by the intermediary of Vijay Nair.
It is pertinent to note that his arrest comes after three rounds of raids by law enforcement agencies in Hyderabad, the recent being one against a media house in Twin Cities. Abhishek is said to be a close associate of one of the MLCs in the TRS government.
What led to the CBI raid?
It all started when Praveen Kumar Rai, the director of the MHA, asked the CBI to investigate irregularities in the development and implementation of the excise policy of the government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi ( GNCTD) for the years 2021-22.
The allegation against Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, then Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna, then Deputy Excise Commissioner Anand Tiwari and Deputy Commissioner (Excise) Pankaj Bhatnagar was that the officials had been instrumental in recommending and making decisions on Excise Policy 2021-22 without competent authority approval. This was done with the intention of giving undue favors to the liquor license tender, the CBI said.
The CBI in its FIR said Vijay Nair, the former CEO of Only Much Louder, an entertainment and events management company; Manoj Rai, former employee of Pernod Ricard; Amandeep Dhal, owner of Brindco Spirits; and Sameer Mahendru, owner of Indo Spirits, are actively implicated in irregularities in the development and implementation of excise policy.
What is Hyderabad’s connection to Delhi’s liquor policy irregularities?
The CBI was informed that the L-1 licensees had issued credit notes (invoices) to the retail vendors with the intention of diverting funds to the officials involved in the irregularities. Also, “false entries” were made in the account book to keep their record straight.
Additionally, Amit Arora, the director of Buddy Retail Pvt. in Gurgaon, Delhi’s Dinesh Arora and Arjun Pandey are close associates of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The trio have been involved in embezzling and collecting money from liquor licensees to accused officials.
Another defendant, Sameer Mahendru, MD of Indo Spirits, transferred an amount of Rs. 1 crore to the Radha Industries account managed by Dinesh Arora.
Here is the role of the man from Hyderabad. The CBI investigation revealed that Arun Ramchandra Pillai, a resident of Kokapet in Hyderabad, used to collect undue pecuniary benefit (money) from Sameer Mahendru of Indo Spirit to pass it on to the official accused by the intermediary of Vijay Nair.