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Kavitha arrested by ED in Delhi liquor policy scam. What’s next?

Kavitha arrested by ED in Delhi liquor policy scam. What's next?Kavitha arrested by ED in Delhi liquor policy scam. What's next?

Kavitha arrested by ED: On Friday, March 15, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested K Kavitha, the daughter of Telangana’s former Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, in a money laundering case related to the now-defunct Delhi excise policy.

At 5:20 p.m., K Kavitha, a 46-year-old member of the Telangana Legislative Council, was taken into custody by the central investigative agency from her Banjara Hills home in Hyderabad.

After K Kavitha is arrested, what will happen?

According to former Telangana minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Kavitha was moved to Delhi at 8:45 p.m.

K Kavitha is reportedly being brought to Delhi to finish the chain of evidence in the case of the Delhi liquor policy scam, according to News18. Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sanjay Singh and Manish Sisodia, who are being held in judicial custody in this case, are also expected to confront K Kavitha.

Amit Arora, a crucial witness who ‘admitted’ to the Enforcement Department on the purported ‘bribes that were designed and secured in the Delhi liquor policy’ scam case, may also be confronted by K Kavitha.

This is also the reason K Kavitha is being brought from Hyderabad to Delhi, according to the News18 story. It’s also possible that K Kavitha may confront Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the AAP and chief minister of Delhi, who has been avoiding ED summonses.

Kavitha will get a medical examination and be remanded in ED custody.

While obtaining bail under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) is difficult, the Supreme Court has postponed her case hearing until March 19.

Kavitha’s reaction to being arrested

K Kavitha claimed that she had done nothing wrong. She claimed that the Centre was “using” the ED since the BJP could not have a “backdoor entry” into Telangana.

According to videos broadcast by media outlets, K Kavitha was involved in an altercation with ED personnel. In what the BRS lawmaker called a “show of strength,” K Kavitha left her home with her son and family by her side.

In the video, BRS leader and K Kavitha’s brother, KT Rama Rao, were also heard asserting that the ED officers were acting capriciously. At Kavitha’s home, a sizable contingent of party workers, including BRS working president KT Rama Rao and former minister Harish Rao, assembled and sang slogans.

K Kavitha is accused by the ED

The Enforcement Directorate said that Kavitha was connected to a “South Group” lobby of liquor sellers attempting to play a larger role under the now-defunct Delhi excise strategy for 2021-22.

Vijay Nair, one of the accused in the case, allegedly got kickbacks to the tune of at least ₹100 crores on behalf of AAP leaders from the “South Group”, headed by Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, Sarath Reddy, and Kavitha.

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According to the ED, the “South Group” includes Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy (YSR Congress MP from the Ongole Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh), Sarath Reddy (promoter of Aurobindo Pharma) his son Raghav Magunta, Kavitha, and others.

 

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