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Enforcement Directorate files 3,000 pages charge sheet in Delhi liquor excise policy case

New Delhi: The ED has filed a charge sheet on Saturday in Delhi's Excise Policy case. While filing the charge sheet in the Rouse Avenue Court, the ED told the court that we are currently filing the charge sheet only against Sameer Mahendru, soon the charge sheet will be filed against the other accused. The ED told the court that the investigation is still going on in the matter.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Saturday, The ED has filed a 3000 pages charge sheet in Delhi’s Excise Policy case. The ED told the court that we are currently filing the charge sheet only against Sameer Mahendru, soon the charge sheet will be filed against the other accused.

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The ED officials informed the court that as of now the chargesheet will be filed only against Sameer Mahendru, the managing director of Indospirit Group, as his 60-day statutory period after his arrest is expiring tomorrow. According to sources, the charge sheet filed by ED runs into 3,000 pages. The CBI has already registered an FIR against some public servants and Excise Department officers, Mr Sisodia, and others in the case.

Reacting to the ED charge sheet, that did not include Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s name, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Manish ji’s name is not even in ED’s charge sheet. Shouldn’t Modi apologize to the country for implicating Manish ji, who brought laurels to India in the world through education revolution, in a false case?”

On Friday, the chargesheet submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Delhi’s liquor scam on Friday did not name the deputy chief minister of Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia who was mentioned in the FIR in connection with the scam. This was the first chargesheet filed by the CBI in the case. While instructing ED to file a copy of the charge sheet in the court’s register, the court said that since the charge sheet filed by the central agency comprises a large number of documents, it may take some time for the court to take cognizance of it.

The agency in its FIR alleged that Sisodia and other accused public servants recommended and took decisions pertaining to the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 without the approval of competent authority with “an intention to extend undue favours to the licensees post tender”. The CBI inquiry was recommended on the findings of the Delhi chief secretary’s report filed in July showing prima facie violations of the GNCTD Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009, and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, officials had said.

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