Published On: Fri, Jan 6th, 2023

ED files 2nd chargesheet in Delhi liquor policy scam case

New Delhi: The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has filed its second chargesheet in the Delhi liquor excise policy case. The central probe agency has named 12 accused in total, out of which five have been previously arrested. Seven companies have been mentioned as accused in the excise policy scam in the ED’s chargesheet.

All people arrested in the alleged liquor policy scam are under judicial custody till January 7

The five accused, namely, Vijay Nair, Sharath Reddy, Binoy Babu, Abhishek Boinpally, and Amit Arora, have previously been taken into custody by authorities.

In its initial chargesheet, the ED had named liquor trader Sameer Mahendru, the owner of Indospirits. Mahendru is one of the liquor traders allegedly involved in irregularities in the framing and implementation of the now-defunct excise policy.

It is pertinent to mention that Aam Aadmi Party’s Manish Sisodia, who is embroiled in the Delhi excise policy case over alleged contact with the accused, has skipped a mention in ED’s chargesheets. However, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR mentioned Manish Sisodia and other public servants as the accused in the case. They are accused of taking decisions pertaining to the excise policy 2021-22 without the approval of authorities with “an intention to extend undue favours to the licensees post tender”.

According to the FIR, at least two payments in crores were allegedly made to “close associates” of Sisodia by Sameer Mahendru, the owner of Indospirit, one of the liquor traders involved in irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy.

The CBI, which is also probing the alleged liquor scam, too has not mentioned the deputy CM in its chargesheet. The CBI, however, maintained that the investigation against Sisodia was underway.

All people arrested in the alleged liquor policy scam are under judicial custody till January 7.

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