ED detains liquor baron Sameer Mahendru in liquor policy corruption case

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New Delhi, 28 September 2022: Enforcement Directorate today detained Sameer Mahendru, a liquor businessman in connection with money laundering investigation into alleged corruption in the revoked Delhi Liquor Policy.

After nightlong interrogation, Mahendru, the managing director of a liquor company named Indospirits, was arrested in accordance with the penal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The accused businessman will be prsesented before a local court, where the ED would seek his continued remand.

According to the FIR, Arjun Pandey, a purported accomplice of Sisodia, previously procured 2-4 crore rupees in cash from Mahendru on behalf of Nair, the former CEO of the entertainment and event management firm Only Much Louder. It is also found that Arun Ramchandra Pillai used to obtain improper financial benefits from Sameer Mahendru of IndoSpirit for transfer to the accused public workers through Nair.

Additionally, the CBI said that Sisodia’s “close colleague” Amit Arora, Director of Buddy Retail Pvt. Dinesh Arora and Arjun Pandey, who work for Gurgaon-based Limited, were “actively involved in handling and transferring the undue pecuniary advantage acquired from liquor licensees” for the accused public officials.

However, AAP has ruled out any irregularities in the policy and claimed that it was aimed at curbing corruption. They also accused the BJP of using federal institutions to threaten its opponents.

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