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As CBI raids Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, ED seeks copy of FIR filed in excise policy case

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Aug-19 09:46 first published at 09:46 AM


Last Updated: August 19, 2022, 15:09 IST
While the ED has not yet registered a money laundering case against Manish Sisodia, the process is expected to begin once the CBI searches are completed, according to sources.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) reportedly sought a copy of the FIR filed in the excise policy case as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday. While the ED has not yet registered a money laundering case, sources say that once the searches are completed, the process of registering an Information Report will begin.

The CBI, which began raids at Sisodia’s home and 20 other locations, has yet to share documents and a FIR with the ED. The searches are in connection with alleged irregularities in the 2021-2022 Delhi excise policy, which was implemented by excise minister Sisodia.

According to sources, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister has been named as an accused in the case, along with four others, including former Excise Commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna. Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommended the CBI investigation.

According to Republic’s sources, the CBI investigation is centered on five major allegations against the Delhi government regarding the excise policy. These are some examples: The AAP government granted a one-time waiver of Rs 143 crores to a ‘liquor lobby’ that applied for the tender. How was the policy changed to demonstrate illegality in the decision? Instead of forfeiting liquor licenses at the airport, Rs 30 crores will be waived. lowering the cost of imported beer Giving previous license holders more time

According to sources, the agency will also investigate officials who supported or sided with the government in changing the excise policy, as well as those who turned a blind eye when post-facto changes were made.

What is the case for Delhi’s excise policy?

Last month, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena proposed a CBI investigation into the AP government’s revamped Excise Policy. According to an assessment report, the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 involved alleged violations and procedural lapses that resulted in a loss to the exchequer of more than Rs 150 crore.

In the matter, LG Saxena recently suspended 11 officials, including the then Excise Commissioner and Deputy Excise Commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari.

Following today’s CBI raids, Sisodia stated that he would cooperate in the investigation to uncover the truth, which would be proven in court. He stated that nothing incriminating has been discovered against him thus far. First published: August 19, 2022, 13:34 IST

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