Delhi Excise Policy Case: ED Arrests MD Of Indospirits Sameer Mahendru

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday arrested Sameer Mahendru, the Managing Director of Indospirits, in connection with its money laundering probe into the now-scrapped Delhi’s new excise policy 2021-22 case.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 28 September, 2022 10:40 am IST
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday arrested Sameer Mahendru, the Managing Director of Indospirits, in connection with its money laundering probe into the now-scrapped Delhi’s new excise policy 2021-22 case.

An ED source related to the probe told The New Indian, “Mahendru has been arrested by us in the case.” The source said that Mahendru is one of the prime accused in the excise policy case.

His arrest comes a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Vijay Nair, the former CEO of Mumbai-based Only Much Louder, an entertainment and event management company and a close aide of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Earlier, the ED had carried out searches on the premises of Mahendru on September 6 and 16 after registering a case of money laundering.

The ED had carried out searches at over 40 locations on September 16 across the country. On September 6, the ED conducted raids at several locations after registering a case on the basis of the CBI FIR.

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The CBI FIR is based on the complaint received from VK Saxena, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, alleging irregularities in framing and implementation of the excise policy of GNCTD of Delhi for the year 2021-22.

Besides Sisodia and Mahendru, the CBI has named three public servants, including Arva Gopi Krishna, the then Excise Commissioner and IAS officer, Anand Tiwari, the then Deputy Excise Commissioner, Pankaj Bhatnagar, the Assistant Commissioner (Excise).

The CBI has also named private persons — Manoj Rai, ex-employee of Lucknow-based Pernod Ricard, Amandeep Dhal, Director of Delhi-based Brindco Sales Pvt. Ltd., Amit Arora, Director of Buddy Retail Private Limited, Gurgaon-based Buddy Retail Private Limited, Dinesh Arora, Delhi-based Mahadev Liquors, Sunny Marwah, authorised signatory of Mahadev Liquors, Arun Ramchandra Pillai of Karnataka’s Bangalore, Arjun Pandey of Gurgaon.

The CBI also named other unnamed public servants and private persons in the FIR.

In the FIR, it has been alleged that Sisodia, Krishna, Tiwari, and Bhatnagar were instrumental in recommending and taking decisions pertaining to excise policy for the year 2021-22 without approval of competent authority with an intention to extend undue favours to the licensee post-tender.

The CBI FIR further read that reliable sources have revealed that Nair, Rai, Dhal, and Mahendru are actively involved in irregularities in framing and implementing of excise policy of GNCTD of Delhi for the year 2021-22.

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