Enforcement Directorate questions Delhi minister in liquor policy case

Days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's arrest in the liquor policy case, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in the matter.
Enforcement Directorate questions Delhi minister in liquor policy case
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Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Saturday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after the probe agency summoned him for questioning in the liquor policy case.

The development came after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the probe agency on March 21 in the same case.

Gahlot, who is an MLA from Najafgarh, was a part of a panel that prepared the draft of the now-scrapped Delhi government's liquor policy for 2021-22.

According to the ED, the draft liquor policy was leaked to the 'South Group'.

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Enforcement Directorate questions Delhi minister in liquor policy case

The probe agency claims that Gahlot allowed then AAP communication in-charge Vijay Nair to use his official residence while the liquor policy was being drafted.

Earlier, the ED alleged that Gahlot repeatedly changed his mobile numbers.

Kejriwal is presently in ED custody till April 1 after he was produced before a court on March 28. Earlier, a Delhi court had sent Kejriwal into ED custody till March 28 after he was arrested.

Apart from Kejriwal, former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, former minister Satyendar Jain and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh have been arrested in the liquor policy case.

The case pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government's liquor policy.

The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have alleged that the Delhi government's liquor policy to grant licences to liquor traders allowed cartelisation and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it, a charge strongly refuted by AAP.

The policy was subsequently scrapped and Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommended a probe into the irregularities in its formulation and implementation.

Source: India Today

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