Published On: Fri, Apr 5th, 2024

Court’s nod to CBI to grill BRS leader K Kavitha in Tihar

New Delhi: In a significant development, the Rouse Avenue Court of Delhi on Friday granted permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to interrogate Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavitha during her judicial custody in Tihar Jail in connection with the Delhi Liquor Policy case.

Kavitha was sent to judicial custody till April 9, 2024

This decision comes following an application filed by the CBI, seeking permission to question Kavitha regarding WhatsApp chats recovered from Buchi Babu’s phone and documents related to a land deal, which allegedly involved a payment of Rs 100 crores to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in kickbacks.

Special Judge Kaveri Baweja, after considering the submissions made by the CBI, allowed the petition and granted permission for CBI officials to visit Tihar Jail for the purpose of questioning Kavitha. The CBI issued a notice to Kavitha under Section 41A Cr.P.C. on February 20, 2024, asking her to join the investigation on February 26, 2024. However, she failed to do so and was subsequently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 15, 2024, in connection with a related case. Since Kavitha is believed to be involved in the evidence uncovered during further investigation, the court deemed it necessary for her to be examined.

Kavitha was sent to judicial custody till April 9, 2024, by the Rouse Avenue Court on March 26, 2024, following her arrest in connection with a case related to the Delhi excise policy.

The ED’s investigation alleges that Kavitha, along with others, conspired with top AAP leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, to obtain favours in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Excise policy. In exchange for these favours, it is claimed that she was involved in paying Rs 100 crore to AAP leaders.

The investigation further suggests that corrupt practices were involved in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, leading to the generation of illegal funds in the form of kickbacks for AAP. The ED claims that Kavitha and her associates were tasked with recovering the ”proceeds of the crime” paid to AAP and generating further profits from the conspiracy.


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