The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday launched raids at around 40 locations across the country in connection with its probe into a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in Delhi’s excise policy. This excise policy has now been withdrawn.
Official sources said the raids are being conducted on the network of liquor dealers, distributors and supply chain in Nellore and some other cities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).
The central agency is conducting raids for the second time in this case. Earlier on September 6, he had raided about 45 locations across the country.
The ED’s money laundering case related to Excise Policy is based on an FIR of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in which Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and some bureaucrats have been named as accused.
On August 19, the CBI had raided the Delhi residence of Sisodia (50), an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and former Delhi Excise Commissioner Aarav Gopi Krishna, and 19 other places in seven states and union territories in connection with the case.
Sisodia holds several portfolios, including excise and education, in the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government.
The ED is probing whether alleged irregularities were committed in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy brought in November last year.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and minister Satyendar Jain is also likely to be questioned in Tihar Jail on Friday after the probe agency gets permission from a local court.