Delhi excise policy case: ED names AAP leader Raghav Chadha in supplementary chargesheet

Former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is already in jail in connection with the excise policy case.
Delhi excise policy case: ED names AAP leader Raghav Chadha in supplementary chargesheet

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday mentioned AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha's name in its supplementary chargesheet in connection with Delhi liquor policy case.

Raghav Chadha has not been named as an accused. As per the chargesheet, Chadha was present in a meet of the accused in the case.

Manish Sisodia's former secretary, C Arvind, had told the probe agency that there was a meeting held at the former deputy Chief Minister's residence with Raghav Chadha in attendance.

According to C Arvind's statement, the meeting was also attended by Punjab Excise Commissioner Varun Roojam, Vijay Nair, an accused in the case, and other officers from the Punjab Excise Directorate.

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Delhi excise policy case: ED names AAP leader Raghav Chadha in supplementary chargesheet

This comes days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named Manish Sisodia as an accused for the first time in its supplementary chargesheet filed before a CBI court in Delhi. Sisodia was arrested by the probe agency in February after they questioned him for eight hours in connection with the case.

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Delhi excise policy case: ED names AAP leader Raghav Chadha in supplementary chargesheet

It is alleged that the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22 to grant licences to liquor traders favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it, a charge strongly refuted by the AAP. The policy was later scrapped.

The ED has levelled major allegations against Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and his former deputy Manish Sisodia. In the supplementary chargesheet, the ED said the new liquor policy was Kejriwal's brain-child and that he, along with Sisodia, provided immunity to Vijay Nair so he could engage in illegal activities while framing and implementing the policy. Vijay Nair was the first accused to be arrested in the case.

The central probe agency also levelled charges against BRS leader K Kavitha and said she met Sameer Mahendru, a liquor trader who was among the accused in the case, at her residence in Hyderabad in 2022. It said the meeting was attended by others accused in the case, including businessmen Sarath Chandra Reddy and Abhishek Boinpally, and Kavitha's alleged frontman Arun Pillai.

All of them have been arrested in connection with the case. Kavitha's husband Anil was also present at the meeting, said the ED. According to the chargesheet, Sameer Mahendru in his statement said that K Kavitha told him that Arun Pillai was like a family member.

The ED also said Arun Pillai and Amandeep Dhall, another accused, destroyed digital evidence on a large scale. It said the accused have destroyed a huge number of phones and they could not be recovered during the agency's searches.


In his first reaction to the ED chargesheet, AAP MP Raghav Chadha said he has not been named as an accused or a suspect.

He added that his name does not appear on the chargesheet "even as a witness". "It's propaganda to harm my reputation and credibility," he added.

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