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Delhi excise policy scam: ED files first charge sheet against businessman Sameer Mahendru

The ED arrested Sameer Mahendru on September 7 in the Delhi excise policy scam.
04:18 PM Nov 26, 2022 IST | APN Live
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After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first prosecution complaint (charge sheet) on Saturday against businessman Sameer Mahendru. A case has been registered against the businessman in the Delhi excise policy scam case.

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The law enforcement agency informed the court that the charge sheet is approx 3,000 pages long. The case has been filed against Mahendru as the 60-day mandatory period was getting expired today.

The Delhi government’s now-repealed excise policy is being looked into by the CBI and ED to see if it was designed to give makers and distributors of alcohol illegal and unlawful favours at the cost of the government exchequer.

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The ED stated that it was simply filing the charge sheet against Sameer Mahendru for the time being when it filed the document before the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi. Charge sheets against the other accused will be filed later because the investigation is still ongoing.

On Friday, the CBI filed its first charge sheet in the Delhi excise scam against businessman Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinpally and five other suspects, excluding Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s name. Nair and Boinpally were arrested by the CBI but recently granted bail by a special court. They are still in custody in connection with the Enforcement Directorate case against them.

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The ED conducted up to 169 search operations earlier this month and detained several top officials, including the promoter of the liquor company Indospirit, the general manager of the company, and the full-time director and promoter of Aurobindo Pharma.

The central agency had filed a money laundering case in August after taking note of a report made by the CBI that had named the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister as one of the defendants, in addition to senior bureaucrats of the Delhi government and others.

The ED arrested Sameer Mahendru on September 7 in the Delhi excise policy scam.

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