Delhi excise policy case: KCR's daughter K Kavitha skips ED summon, cites pending Supreme Court plea
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s (KCR) daughter and BRS leader K Kavitha, Thursday, skipped a summon from the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the probe agency ongoing probe into the purported Delhi excise policy scam case.
The BRS MLC, in her letter to the ED, said she’s sending her ‘authorized representative” (an office bearer of her party), as the summons do not explicitly require her being there in person. Kavitha also cited a pending plea before the Supreme Court in which has sought protection from arrest and quashing of summons against her in the case.
Kavitha wrote in her letter to ED: “I humbly beseech your good self that the proceedings before the Supreme Court being sacred and sacrosanct, the outcome thereof must be awaited before any further proceedings take place with respect to the subject summons.”
K Kavitha’s “authorized representative” handed a six-page representation against her deposition along with her bank statement, personal and business details to the ED investigation officer, according to reports.
Kavitha was questioned by the central agency for nine hours on March 11 and was asked to depose again on March 16. During the interrogation session, she was reportedly made to confront statements made by Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandran Pillai, an arrested accused in the case who allegedly who allegedly shares close ties with her, apart from those of few others involved in the case.
The BRS leader recently led a hunger strike in Delhi on March 10 seeking the passage of the long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament.
However, both Congress and the BJP have alleged that Kavitha’s hunger strike was a mere ploy to divert attention from her appearance before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the purported Delhi liquor policy scam case.
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The ED case alleges that K Kavitha is part of the South Cartel that benefited from kickbacks after Delhi’s now-scrapped liquor policy came into force. The South Group comprises Kavitha, Sarath Reddy (promoter of Aurobindo Group), Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy (MP, Ongole), his son Raghav Magunta, and others.
The South Group was being represented by Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandra Pillai, Abhishek Boinpalli and Butchi Babu, the federal agency investigation has revealed.
The probe agency has claimed its investigations have revealed that Pillai—who was arrested earlier this month— along with his associates was coordinating with various persons to execute a political understanding between the South Group and a leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Pillai has been accessory and was involved in the kickbacks from the South Group and the recoupment of the same from the businesses in Delhi, ED claimed.
The Enforcement Directorate—a central agency which probes financial crimes—has so far arrested 12 people in the case, including former Delhi deputy chief minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia.
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