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BRS leader K Kavitha arrested by ED in Delhi liquor policy case

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday arrested Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader and MLC K Kavitha for her alleged involvement in the Delhi liquor policy case.

Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, will be taken to Delhi, where she will be questioned in connection with the allegations.

The Enforcement Directorate’s case is based on a first information report registered by the CBI alleging irregularities in the Delhi government’s now-scrapped excise policy. The agencies have alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party modified the policy to ensure a 12% profit margin for wholesalers and a nearly 185% profit margin for retailers.

Kavitha’s arrest comes after the arrest of two senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders – Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh – who are currently in jail in connection with the case.

The ED has also sent summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the case.

Kavitha was first questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation for over seven hours in December 2022. On March 11 last year, she was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in the same case for over nine hours. She had then moved the Supreme Court against the ED summons. On February 28, the court had extended immunity from coercive action by the central agency till March 13.

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