Aam Aadmi Party ‘s leader Durgesh Pathak has been called in by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case involving suspected irregularities in the now-withdrawn liquor policy in Delhi.
Durgesh Pathak had a connection with Vijay Nair
Due to Durgesh Pathak’s alleged connection with Vijay Nair, one of the accused in the similar case, he has been called to appear before the agency. He is also the party’s representative in the upcoming civic elections in Delhi. For now, Mr. Pathak’s cellphone and other electronic equipment have also been seized by the investigation agency.
As per the sources, Mr. Pathak was there when the ED conducted a raid earlier this month at Vijay Nair’s house in Mumbai. Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi and one of the 15 accused included in the CBI’s FIR for violating the alcohol ban, has questioned the timing of the ED’s move against Mr. Pathak through a tweet.
The ED raided 40 premises, spanning many states, last week as a part of its probe. ED had conducted roughly 45 searches across Delhi, Telangana, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka, during its initial raids on September 6th.
ED raids Manish Sisodia and former excise commissioner’s house
After becoming aware of the FIR filed by the CBI, which names Vijay Nair, Manish Sisodia, and 13 others as accused, ED had started its investigation. In connection with the case, ED had raided the houses of Manish Sisodia, former Delhi excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna and 20 other locations across India.