BRS leader K. Kavitha’s judicial custody extended till April 23

The ED arrested Ms. Kavitha on March 15, in connection to the Delhi Excise policy case.

April 09, 2024 01:05 pm | Updated 10:00 pm IST - New Delhi

A file photo of BRS leader K. Kavitha

A file photo of BRS leader K. Kavitha | Photo Credit: ANI

A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) legislator K. Kavitha, who was arrested in money laundering case pertaining to Delhi Excise policy money laundering case, till April 23. She was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 15 from her house in Hyderabad.

Order for extension of Ms. Kavitha’s judicial custody was pronounced by Special Judge (PC Act) Kaveri Baweja of the Rouse Courts.

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The court, on April 5, allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to interrogate the BRS leaders, currently lodged at Tihar jail. Ms. Kavitha’s interim bail plea was rejected by justice Bawja on Monday while the hearing for her regular bail plea is scheduled for April 16.

Ms. Kavitha — daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao — termed her arrest as “íllegal” and maintained that she would fight against the same.

The ED, which is probing a case initially filed by the CBI on the complaint of the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi alleging irregularities in Delhi excise policy-2021-22, has alleged that Ms. Kavitha along with other members of the South Group – Sarath Reddy, Raghav Magunta and Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy – conspired with the top leaders of AAP and gave them kickbacks.

The Central agency in its remand order had said that the accused (through her proxy Arun Pillai) was a partner in M/s Indo Spirits and the same was a vehicle for recoupment of the advance kickbacks paid and to generate further proceeds of crime.

“Also, that she is actually involved in the transfer of PoC of ₹100 crore through her staff/associates Abhishek Boinpaly and Buchi Babu which was paid to the AAP leaders. And that she had established the money laundering ecosystem i.e. M/s Indo Spirits through her proxy which generated proceeds of crime of ₹192.8 crore,” the ED had alleged.

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