Excise policy case: Delhi High Court to pronounce judgment on K Kavita's bail plea on July 1 Latest News India


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will deliver its verdict on Monday on K Kavita's petition seeking bail in cases filed over alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. A bench headed by Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma is likely to deliver the verdict at 2:30 pm.

BRS leader K Kavita was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 15 (file photo).
BRS leader K Kavita was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 15 (file photo).

According to his plea from the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), members of the ruling party at the Center hatched a conspiracy against him with the active connivance of the ED and the CBI, though his involvement in There is no truth in the allegation. Excise Policy Scam

The petition highlighted that the investigation by the investigative agencies has been compromised and is not being done to find out the unexplained truth but to further a political agenda.

The BRS leader had appealed against the city court's May 6 order rejecting his bail plea. While denying her bail in the case registered by the ED, the city court had ruled that there was a “substantial” case indicating Kavita's involvement in money laundering in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case.

While denying bail in the CBI case, the court had ruled that Kavita's role was “prima facie” shown to be a key conspirator in the recovery of advance money to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and The payment was to obtain favorable provisions by the co-accused. Excise policy.

Kavita's legal team, led by senior advocate Vikram Chaudhary and advocate Nitish Rana, said the investigation by the probe agency was biased, partial and one-sided. The lawyers argued that their client was arrested by the ED despite the probe agency's promise before the Supreme Court that it would not take any coercive action against him.

The ED and the CBI, represented by special counsel Zohaib Hussain and DP Singh, countered the claims by asserting that the BRS leader had the proceeds of crime arising out of the Delhi Excise Scam. were the beneficiaries of the income.

Hussain asserted that Kavita influenced the co-accused to retract her statements before the investigating agency and destroyed the evidence. He also highlighted that the ED had only given an undertaking before the Supreme Court that the agency would not summon him for the next 10 days in September 2023 but it never gave any assurance about not arresting him. It was done. “There is no whisper from the petitioner that we have violated (the condition not to summon him),” Hussain argued.

Kavita was arrested by the CBI on April 11, while she was in Tihar jail in judicial custody in a parallel case registered by the ED. He was initially arrested by the ED on March 15 in connection with the money laundering case and sent to judicial custody on March 26.

The agencies have alleged that Kavita is one of the key persons involved in arranging and providing kickbacks. 100 crore to AAP to get a favorable provision in the now defunct policy.

The CBI had earlier interrogated Kavita in Tihar jail after obtaining permission from the court on April 6. However, according to the CBI, he did not answer their questions satisfactorily and responded evasively despite being confronted with the evidence.

On May 10, the ED filed a fresh chargesheet in the Delhi Excise Policy case, naming Kavita as one of the accused along with other alleged accomplices.

Others named in the chargesheet include Chanpreet Singh, who allegedly managed AAP funds received through kickbacks in excise policy during the 2022 Goa Assembly elections. Damodar Prasad Sharma and Prince Kumar (employees of a firm allegedly used for routing funds); and Arvind Kumar Singh (Creative Head of India Forward News Channel).

The ED has so far arrested 18 people, including four politicians – Kejriwal, Sisodia, Kavita and Sanjay Singh; Filed seven chargesheets against 34 individuals and entities and produced thousands of documents as evidence in court in the excise probe.

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