New Delhi: A Delhi court has suspended the Aam Aadmi Party in a money laundering case related to the excise scam. (You) ED’s communications in-charge Vijay Nair and businessman Abhishek Boinpally were on Monday sent to five-day ED custody, but granted bail in the corruption case probed by the CBI. Special Judge MK Nagpal directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED)Ed), in which the agency had said that the concerned accused were required to be questioned to unearth the larger conspiracy and money transactions. The anti-money laundering agency also said that there is a need to confront the accused with witnesses and documents.
The court granted bail to both of them on the condition of furnishing a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh each and a surety of like amount in the CBI probe in the case related to alleged irregularities in the now-withdrawn excise policy of the Delhi government. While Nair was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in September, Boinapalli was arrested last month. An FIR was registered in the matter after Lieutenant Governor of Delhi VK Saxena recommended a CBI probe.
The CBI has alleged that Nair was involved in arranging meetings with other co-accused and liquor manufacturers and distributors to arrange ‘illicit money through hawala operators’ at various hotels in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. The CBI has claimed that Boinapalli was also part of the meetings. The central agency has alleged that Boinapalli was involved in a money laundering conspiracy along with another accused, liquor baron Sameer Mahendru, who is lodged in Tihar Jail after his arrest.
In the money laundering case, the ED had raided about three dozen places in Delhi and Punjab after the arrest of Mahendru, managing director of Indospirit Group, a liquor distributor based in Jor Bagh, Delhi. Other accused in the case include Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the then Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna, Deputy Commissioner Anand Tiwari and Assistant Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar. According to both the agencies, irregularities were committed while amending the excise policy and undue advantage was given to the licensees.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 14, 2022, 22:29 IST