ED Alleges Witness Tampering in Delhi Liquor Policy Case, Implicates Kejriwal

The ED alleges powerful individuals are pressuring witnesses to retract statements in the Delhi liquor policy case, raising concerns about the investigation's integrity. The case has far-reaching political implications, with the ED directly implicating CM Kejriwal and AAP.

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ED Alleges Witness Tampering in Delhi Liquor Policy Case, Implicates Kejriwal

ED Alleges Witness Tampering in Delhi Liquor Policy Case, Implicates Kejriwal

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged that powerful individuals are pressuring witnesses to retract their statements in the Delhi liquor policy case. In an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, the ED claims these individuals are exerting influence on witnesses, attempting to make them withdraw statements previously provided to the investigative agency.

The allegations highlight potential interference and attempts to obstruct the ongoing probe into alleged irregularities in the Delhi government's now-scrapped liquor policy.

During a hearing on a bail plea filed by BRS leader K Kavitha, who was arrested in a money laundering case linked to the liquor policy probe, the ED's counsel argued that Kavitha influenced a witness and co-accused who was divulging crucial information.

The agency further claimed that witnesses were influenced and evidence was destroyed in the case, with Kavitha allegedly deleting contents from her mobile phones. The court reserved its order on Kavitha's bail plea, set to be pronounced on May 6.

Why this matters: The allegations of witness tampering and evidence destruction in the high-profile Delhi liquor policy case raise serious concerns about the integrity of the investigation. The case has far-reaching political implications, with the ED directly implicating Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party in the alleged scam.

In response to Kejriwal's plea against his arrest, the ED stated in its affidavit that the Chief Minister was arrested following a widespread tampering of evidence, including the destruction of around 170 mobile phones during the period of the 'scam' and when the irregularities came to light. The agency asserted that Kejriwal avoided multiple summonses for interrogation, failing to appear before the investigating officer on nine separate occasions.

The ED further alleged that Kejriwal, as the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is directly and indirectly involved in the liquor policy case. According to the agency, Kejriwal was 'instrumental' in formulating the liquor policy that allowed an 'exorbitant margin' of 12% for the wholesale license holder, enabling liquor companies to recoup bribes paid as profits. The ED claimed that Rs 45 crores, part of the proceeds of the crime, were utilized by the AAP for the Goa elections, making Kejriwal vicariously liable for the offence.

Opposing Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest, the ED maintained that it has sufficient reasons and materials to arrest the Chief Minister and that the arrest cannot

Key Takeaways

  • ED alleges powerful individuals pressuring witnesses to retract statements in Delhi liquor policy case.
  • ED claims witness tampering, evidence destruction in the case, implicating Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
  • ED states Kejriwal avoided multiple summons, failed to appear before investigating officer 9 times.
  • ED alleges Kejriwal was 'instrumental' in formulating liquor policy that allowed 12% margin for profits.
  • ED maintains it has sufficient reasons to arrest Kejriwal and the arrest cannot be challenged.