Delhi Liquor Policy Case: According to ED sources, Delhi government's Excise Minister Manish Sisodia has not been made an accused even in the second charge sheet i.e. supplementary charge sheet to be filed on January 6. Rather, those people have been made accused in this charge sheet, whose arrest has been made or the role of the companies associated with it has come to the fore during the investigation. Means the one who has been interrogated or has been arrested on the basis of strong evidence against him.
New Delhi. The Central Investigation Agency Enforcement Directorate is about to file a supplementary charge sheet in the court taking forward the preliminary investigation against the person who perpetrated the fraud in the Excise Policy of Delhi Government.
If ED sources are to be believed, the names of the arrested accused and the companies related to them will be mentioned in the second charge sheet i.e. supplementary charge sheet to be filed. Liquor businessman Sameer Mahendru was made an accused in the first charge sheet related to the investigation of the case related to the Excise Policy of Delhi Government by the team of HIU Branch working at ED Headquarters. But in the supplementary charge sheet to be filed on January 6, 2023, along with the five accused, some companies can be named as accused in that charge sheet.
The supplementary chargesheet names Vijay Nair - former CEO, Only Much Louder, Mumbai, Abhishek Boinapalli - businessman from Hyderabad, Sarath Chandra Reddy - businessman from Andhra Pradesh, Benoy Babu - liquor businessman, Amit Arora - M/s `Buddy Retail Pvt Ltd, Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd, M/s Organics Ecosystems Pvt Ltd, M/s Trident Chamfer Ltd and M/s Shree Avantika Construction Pvt Ltd have been made accused. Delhi government's Excise Minister Manish Sisodia has not been made AROP in the second charge sheet after the first charge sheet, but has been given 'no clean chit'.
According to ED sources, Delhi government's Excise Minister Manish Sisodia has not been made an accused even in the second charge sheet i.e. supplementary charge sheet to be filed on January 6. Rather, those people have been made accused in this charge sheet, whose arrest has been made or the role of the companies associated with it has come to the fore during the investigation.
Means the one who has been interrogated or has been arrested on the basis of strong evidence against him. The CBI had named Manish Sisodia as accused number one i.e. the main accused in its registered FIR. Based on the same FIR, the ED had registered a case under the Money Laundering Act (PMLA Act) and is probing further. But after interrogating five liquor traders in this case, he was arrested. Therefore, for this reason, the first supplementary charge sheet is being filed by the investigating agency ED against those accused.
This is the meaning of no name in the charge sheet
During further investigation of this case, many other accused will be interrogated. Based on that, some more supplementary charge sheet will be filed later. If an accused is not named as an accused in the first and second charge sheet, it does not mean that he has got a "clean chit" from the investigating agency. This means the investigation is ongoing.
Political connection can also come in front
If the sources of the investigating agency are to be believed, during the interrogation of about two dozen people during the last two months, very important inputs and statements have been recorded by the ED. On the basis of that, it can be said that in the coming time some political personalities will also be summoned for questioning due to their connections in the same case and will be questioned at the ED headquarters in Delhi.
The scope of ED's investigation is increasing very fast.
The team of HIU Branch located at ED Headquarters is very fast and cautiously engaged in the investigation of this matter. Therefore, in this case, statements of many accused have been recorded continuously for the last two months. According to a senior ED source, 'Whether it is about this case or any other case, we try to keep the investigation report of the case in front of the court on the basis of all the evidence and recorded statements and documents. So that the accused does not get a chance to escape on any ground.
ED's investigation found many inputs related to "South Group"
During the investigation of the Delhi Excise Policy scam case, several other accused are being questioned daily by the ED during the investigation of the money laundering case. According to senior ED sources, it was learned about Hyderabad-based businessmen Abhishek Boinapalli and Vijay Nair that both these accused are very influential businessmen, who have very strong political connections from Delhi to Hyderabad.
During the course of investigation, the investigating agency ED had received information that several political personalities and politicians in Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai were involved in alleged lobbying of liquor traders from South India and making a new excise policy in Delhi and earning profits from its provisions. Had done lobbying by holding important meetings with businessmen. Along with this, there is also an allegation of sending crores of rupees to Dinesh Arora and Vijay Nair through hawala traders. After that, the disputed excise policy of the Delhi government, which was effective from November 2021 to July 2022, was influenced by many accused.