The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has detained Aam Aadmi Party’s communication in-charge Vijay Nair and businessman Abhishek Boinapalli for questioning in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy scam. Sources gave this information on Monday.
The agency will produce Nair and Boinpally before a special court and seek their custody. ED has taken both the accused into custody from Tihar Jail. After taking both the accused into custody, the ED will interrogate them in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 money laundering case.
Nair was arrested on September 27
Nair was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on September 27 for his alleged role in irregularities related to the Delhi government’s excise policy. The FIR was registered after LG VK Saxena recommended a CBI probe.
The CBI has alleged that Nair, along with other co-accused and liquor makers as well as distributors, was involved in arranging illegal money through hawala operators in various hotels in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. The CBI probe has also revealed that Boinapalli was part of meetings with other accused persons in the case including liquor barons in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The businessman was arrested in the money laundering case
The central agency had told a court that Boinapalli was part of a money laundering conspiracy along with another accused, liquor baron Sameer Mahendru, who has already been arrested and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
Now the ED will interrogate both Nair and Bonipalli in the case. The agency’s action comes days after it arrested two businessmen among pharma company chief Sharath Chandra Reddy.
ED raided three dozen places in October
In October, the ED had conducted raids at nearly three dozen locations in Delhi and Punjab following the arrest of Sameer Mahendru, managing director of Delhi’s Jor Bagh-based liquor distributor Indospirit Group, in the case.
The accused persons in the case included Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the then Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna, Deputy Commissioner Anand Tiwari and Assistant Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar.
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