Telangana CM’s daughter to be questioned in Delhi liquor policy case

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Delhi (India), March 8, 2023: K Kavitha, a leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) party and daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, is set to be questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 9 in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

The ED is investigating allegations of money laundering related to the case. Kavitha had previously been questioned for over seven hours by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Hyderabad in December 2021.

The ED has alleged that Kavitha is part of the “South Cartel” that benefited from kickbacks in the liquor policy case. The agency’s summons to her comes a day after a Delhi court sent Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandra Pillai to ED custody until March 13 and liquor baron Amandeep Dhall to judicial custody until March 21.

Kavitha has strongly denied the allegations and stated that she will seek legal opinions. In response to the summons, she said, “As a law-abiding citizen, I will fully cooperate with the investigation agencies. However, due to the dharna and prefixed appointments, I’ll seek legal opinions on the date of attending it.”

The Delhi liquor policy was launched in November 2020 and was withdrawn last year by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government after a CBI probe was ordered by Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, a representative of the BJP-led government at the center. Both the ED and CBI have alleged several irregularities in the liquor policy with kickbacks from the “South Cartel” lobby.

The group allegedly comprised Kavitha, Magunta Srinivasalu Reddy, an MP from Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress, and Sarath Reddy of Aurobindo Pharma. AAP leader and former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, another accused in the case, has been remanded to 14-day judicial custody till March 20.

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