Delhi Court Extends K Kavitha’s Judicial Custody in Excise Policy Scam Case

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 15th May. 
A Delhi court has extended the judicial custody of BRS leader K Kavitha until May 20 in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged excise policy scam, which also involves Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Special Judge Kaveri Baweja made this decision after K Kavitha was presented before the court upon the expiration of her previous judicial custody in the case.

Furthermore, the judge has reserved the order until May 20 regarding whether to acknowledge a fresh charge sheet submitted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the case. During Tuesday’s hearing, the central probe agency informed the judge about the sufficiency of evidence against K Kavitha in the prosecution complaint, ED’s equivalent to a charge sheet, to proceed with her trial.

The ED lodged the prosecution complaint, nearly 200 pages long, along with annexures under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) last Friday.

K Kavitha, an MLC of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) party, along with three employees of Chariot Productions Media Pvt Ltd, which managed AAP’s assembly election campaign in Goa, and a former employee of India Ahead news channel, Arvind Singh, have been named as accused in the latest charge sheet.

K Kavitha, aged 46 and the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, was arrested from her Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad on March 15. The federal agency has been investigating alleged irregularities and money laundering in the formulation and execution of Delhi’s excise policy for 2021-22.

This case has seen 18 arrests so far, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court last Friday. The ED has accused K Kavitha of being a key figure in the alleged kickbacks paid to AAP as part of the now-defunct Delhi excise policy for 2021-22.

The excise case revolves around purported corruption and money laundering in the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22, following a CBI recommendation initiated by Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena. The ED initiated its money laundering case on August 22, 2022, based on the CBI’s FIR lodged on August 17, 2022.

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