Excise policy case: Kavitha’s judicial remand extended till May 20

The plea moved by K Kavitha stated that she is the mother of two children, one of whom is a minor, presently under shock and is undergoing medical supervision

New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue court on Tuesday extended till May 20 the judicial remand of Bharat Rashta Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha, who was arrested in Delhi liquor policy case on March 15.

The court listed the charge sheet filed against Kavitha and others for consideration on May 20. Meanwhile, the documents and annexure will be checked by then by the court staff, the court said.

The plea moved by K Kavitha stated that she is the mother of two children, one of whom is a minor, presently under shock and is undergoing medical supervision. Kavitha, in her fresh bail plea, alleges that there have been attempts to drag her into the scandal by the members of the ruling party at the Centre.

Kavitha submitted that the entire case of the Enforcement Directorate hinges upon statements made by the approver, witnesses or co-accused under Section 50 of the PMLA. The prosecution complaints do not provide a single document that corroborates the statements. “There is not a single piece of evidence that points to the guilt of the applicant.”.

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She further stated that as the arrest of the applicant is illegal as Section 19 of PMLA has not been complied with.

Neither the allegation of the actual cash transaction nor any money trail is forthcoming, therefore, the satisfaction of guilt as expressed in his arrest order is merely a sham and a pretence, she stated.

On May 6, the Rouse Avenue Court of Delhi dismissed the bail petitions moved by Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha in connection with CBI and ED cases related to the Excise Policy case.
BRS leader K Kavitha was arrested by the Directorate of Enforcement on March 15, 2024 and by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on April 11, 2024.

Earlier, CBI, through a remand application, stated that “Kavitha Kalvakuntla was required to be arrested in the instant case to conduct her custodial interrogation for confronting her with the evidence and witnesses to unearth the larger conspiracy hatched among the accused, suspect persons regarding the formulation and implementation of the Excise Policy, as well as to establish the money trail of ill-gotten money generated and to establish the role of other accused/suspect persons, including public servants, as well as to unearth the facts which are in her exclusive knowledge.”

The CBI inquiry was recommended based 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 said.

The ED and the CBI had alleged that irregularities were committed while modifying the excise policy, undue favours were extended to license holders, the license fee was waived or reduced and the L-1 license was extended without the competent authority’s approval.

The beneficiaries diverted “illegal” gains to the accused officials and made false entries in their books of account to evade detection, the probe agencies said.

As per the allegations, the Excise Department had decided to refund the earnest money deposit of about Rs 30 crore to a successful tenderer against the set rules.

Even though there was no enabling provision, a waiver on tendered license fees was allowed from December 28, 2021, to January 27, 2022, due to COVID-19, the probe agency said and there was an alleged loss of Rs 144.36 crore to the exchequer.

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