Liquor policy case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is conducting searches at 35 locations throughout the nation as part of a money laundering investigation it has started in relation to the now-cancelled liquor policy of the Delhi government.
According to sources, searches are currently taking place in a number of cities including Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, and Jalandhar. They claimed that various vendors, distributors, and middlemen used by the Delhi government under its now-cancelled excise policy are the present targets of the searches.
Manish Sisodia responded to the ED searches by saying, “First, the CBI conducted raids, but they found nothing. The ED is currently undertaking raids, but they will also turn up nothing. This is an effort to halt Arvind Kejriwal’s great efforts. Let them use CBI, ED, they can’t stop our work. I don’t have any information, they will only find more blueprints of school.
Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP spokesperson said the Enforcement Directorate also gave “clean chit” to Sisodia. “The ED is conducting raids at many places but it did not come to Manish Sisodia’s residence for conducting raids. It was because they knew that nothing will be found in the raid, so they did not conduct any raid. After the CBI, the ED has now also given clean chit to Sisodia,” said Bharadwaj.
The Enforcement Directorate was conducting search on the residential and official premises of those involved in the liquor trade, including manufacturers allegedly involved in the drafting of the new liquor police enforced by the AAP government in Delhi.
Manish Sisodia, who currently holds the excise portfolio, former excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna, former deputy excise commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari, assistant excise commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar, nine businessmen, and two companies have all been named as defendants in the central investigation agency’s FIR.
The CBI case has been transferred to the central investigative agency, which is in charge of looking into cases of money laundering and violations of foreign currency law. In Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, Haryana, and Telangana, searches were conducted at more than a dozen sites connected to private people and companies, including distributors of alcoholic beverages, middlemen, and licence holders, among others.