Delhi Liquor Policy Case: List Of Top Political Leaders Arrested – News18

Curated By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
Last Updated: March 22, 2024, 10:11 IST
New Delhi, India
(From top left to bottom left): BRS leader K Kavitha, former Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have been arrested for the alleged connection to the Delhi liquor policy scam. (Image: PTI)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on Thursday in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have registered one case each in relation to the excise policy. The ED is probing if money was laundered using the policy.
Along with Kejriwal, two other top AAP leaders and K Kavitha, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader and daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, is also in jail.
The case stems from a report presented by Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Vinai Kumar Saxena in July 2022. The report highlighted purported procedural shortcomings in the development of the policy and outlined cases where “arbitrary and unilateral decisions” were made by former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who was also the then-excise minister. These decisions led to “financial losses to the exchequer” amounting to over Rs 580 crore.
The report alleged that kickbacks received by the AAP Delhi government and AAP leaders from alcohol businesses influenced the Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa in early 2022, leading to the AAP forming the government in Punjab. The report said that the owners and operators of the alcohol business received preferential treatment in the form of discounts and extensions in licence fee, waiver on penalties and relief due to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report was then referred to the CBI, leading to Sisodia’s arrest.
Following this, when the CBI named Sisodia and 14 others in its FIR, including AAP communications in-charge Vijay Nair, the ED informed a court in March that the alleged proceeds of crime exceeded Rs 292 crore and stressed the necessity to establish the modus operandi.
The ED accused that the “scam” involved granting the wholesale liquor business to private entities with a fixed 12% margin, allowing for a 6% kickback. In its initial prosecution complaint filed in November 2021, the ED stated that the policy was deliberately crafted with loopholes that facilitated ‘cartel formations’ and benefited AAP leaders.
Here Is A List Of Leaders Who Have Been Arrested In The Delhi Excise Policy Case:


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