Delhi Excise Policy: Liquor baron Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinpally, the accused arrested by the CBI in the alleged liquor scam of the Delhi government, have now been arrested by the ED as well. The ED formally arrested both of them on Sunday (November 13) in Tihar Jail itself. After this, on Monday (November 14), the court has demanded a 14-day remand of both.
The ED argued in the court that both of them are important characters of the South Group in this case and both are not cooperating in the investigation. They answer the question evasively, so it is very important to interrogate both of them in custody. After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court has sent both of them to ED custody till November 19. However, today both the accused were also granted bail in the CBI case. Both have been asked to furnish bail bonds of Rs 2 lakh each. Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinapalli will not be able to come out due to being sent to ED custody.
What happened in court?
The ED produced Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinpally in the court of Special Judge MK Nagpal at Rouse Avenue Court through video conferencing from Tihar. The court was told by the ED that both were interrogated in Tihar Jail on November 8 and 13 but both of them evaded instead of answering.
The ED claimed before the court that Vijay Nair was not answering the questions. Both of them are also part of the cartel of liquor manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers involved in this liquor scam. They have an important role in preparing this cartel.
The ED also told the court that Vijay Nair’s house was raided on 6 September. Not only this, his statements were also recorded under section 17 of the PMLA. Now Vijay and Abhishek were interrogated by the ED under section 50 on 8 and 13 September in Tihar Jail.
When were the statements recorded?
Abhishek Boinapalli’s statement was first recorded on 17 September. He was summoned under section 50 after which his statement was recorded. Statements have been recorded twice in the jail as well. Also told that in this whole case, ED has recovered a lot of confidential documents and other material in the search conducted at 169 places.
What did the accused say?
Advocate Rebecca Johns, appearing for Vijay, told the court that Sameer Mahendru was arrested on 28 September. A day after that, on September 29, the CBI arrested Vijay Nair. He has been in custody for 35 days. Now ED has also arrested him.
Rebecca Johns said that Vijay Nair’s bail plea was posted on 27 October. The ED applied for recording the statement on 29 October, which was approved by the court on 30 October. The ED also recorded the statement for two days but arrested Nair on Sunday i.e. 13 November.
At the same time, the lawyer appearing on behalf of Abhishek Boinpally said before the court that Abhishek was arrested on 8 October. On September 17, his house and office were searched. Apart from this, he has been questioned on three different dates (28 September, 29 September and 2 October).
On this, the ED said that the inquiry could not be completed. We had called Abhishek, he had come but he said that he has not slept, so we did not interrogate him. Boinpally’s lawyer also said that the ED is telling about the amount of 3.85 crores mentioned by the CBI. After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court has sent Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinpally to 5-day ED remand. Now both will be presented before the court on November 19, 2022 at 2 pm.
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