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Delhi liquor case: ED raids at 40 locations in multiple states in money laundering probe

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has raided 40 locations amid the ruckus over the liquor policy in Delhi. According to the information, raids were launched in multiple cities, including Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has raided 40 locations amid the ruckus over the liquor policy in Delhi. According to the information, raids were launched in multiple cities, including Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru. At the same time, the ED is going to interrogate Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Jain in the liquor policy scam case today.

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According to the information, the searches are being conducted at premises linked to liquor businessmen, distributors and supply chain networks in Nellore and some other cities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi-NCR. On 6 September also, the ED had raided the premises of liquor traders in many states including Delhi, UP, Punjab. This action was taken at about 35 locations including Gurugram, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore.

The ED is probing alleged irregularities in the formulation and execution of the Delhi Excise Policy brought out in November 2021 by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) government. The policy has now been rolled back. The AAP – which boasts of being born out of an anti-corruption movement – has been accused of money-laundering by the rival party. Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena had earlier recommended a CBI probe in the matter. Following his recommendation, the central probe agency had launched massive search operations.

The BJP had put out a “sting” video, which purportedly showed a liquor trader claiming corruption in framing and implementation of the excise policy on Thursday. He claimed the policy bankrolled the ruling Aam Adami Party (AAP)’s election campaign in Punjab and Goa this year. Sisodia, however, dismissed the purported sting and dared the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to arrest him.

“CBI raided my house, nothing was found. Nothing was found in the locker. CBI/ED investigated, found nothing,” the AAP leader wrote in a post. “Now BJP has come with sting. CBI/ED should also investigate this sting. If the allegations are true, arrest me by Monday. Otherwise, PM ji should apologize to me for doing a false sting,” he further tweeted.

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The ED initiated its probe based on the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the liquor policy case. The CBI FIR has named Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish and some bureaucrats in the liquor policy case. Manish Sisodia and the AAP have refuted all allegations of irregularities and corruption in the implementation of the now defunct liquor policy.

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