Distributive policy

Liquor Policy Case: ED raids again and recovers Sisodia’s AP

The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate conducted further raids on Saturday and questioned the personal secretary (PA) of Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Devendra Sharma alias Rinku, in connection with the alleged corruption in the now discontinued Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

ED officials conducted searches at five locations, including the properties of close Sisodia aides, agency sources said. The New Indian. Rinku was picked up from his residence and questioned until late Saturday night.

Sisodia, considered the second most powerful leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is accused of corruption in the distribution of licenses for authorized outlets in the capital.

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Reacting to the developments, Sisodia said his associate was arrested on the instruction of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“They raided my house based on a fake FIR, searched my bank records, visited my village but found nothing against me. Today they didn’t find anything when they raided my PA’s house so they have now detained and taken him away,” he tweeted, saying the BJP was afraid of losing the upcoming elections in the Assembly for the benefit of the AAP.

At a press conference, AAP leader Dilip Pandey said the agencies had registered false cases and continued to harass AAP leaders, saying Sisodia could be arrested soon.

“Today they arrested the Sisodia PA. Soon they will arrest Sisodia. But they can’t scare us with their actions,” Pandey added.

Earlier, the ED carried out raids in 35 locations and seized cash to the tune of Rs 1 crore during raids on the properties of Amandeep Dhal, director of Delhi-based Brindco Sales Pvt Ltd and another person named Gautam Malhotra.

ED had arrested Indospirits managing director Sameer Mahendru at his home in Jor Bagh, South Delhi. He also interviewed several people from Punjab and Hyderabad, including two IAS officers and a co-commissioner in the alleged multi-crore bribery case.

Young AAP leader Durgesh Pathak, who represents Rajinder Nagar in the Delhi Assembly, was also questioned by the agency in September for more than 10 hours.

The money laundering case filed by the ED is based on an FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 17 of this year. The CBI FIR relates to allegations of irregularities in the distribution of liquor store licenses under the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

Delhi’s deputy chief minister and second-in-command of the AAP, Manish Sisodia, has been named as the number one defendant in the case.

On September 27, the CBI arrested Vijay Nair, AAP communications manager and former CEO of Mumbai-based entertainment and event management company Only Much Louder. He had also arrested Hyderabad-based Abhishek Bonipally.

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