Delhi Excise Policy Case: ED Searches Over 40 Locations

In a nationwide action in Delhi’s New Excise Policy 2021-22 Case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches at over 40 locations across the country.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 September, 2022 10:26 am IST
CBI officers searched Manish Sisodia's house on August 19 in the same case (TNI File Pic By Amit Rawat)

In a nationwide action in Delhi’s New Excise Policy 2021-22 Case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches at over 40 locations across the country.

Top ED sources related to the probe told The New Indian, “Multiple teams of the ED are carrying out searches at over 40 locations in connection with the case.”

The source said that the financial probe agency sleuths were carrying out searches in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nellore and other places since early morning.

The action came almost 10 days after the ED carried out searches at over 30 locations in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR on the premises linked to the accused named in the case.

The financial probe agency registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) on the basis of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) First Information Report (FIR) registered on August 17, in which Delhi Deputy Chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia is also named as an accused.

Besides Sisodia, the CBI has named Sameer Mahendru; his company Indospirits; 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; Dinesh Arora, Delhi-based Mahadev Liquors; Sunny Marwah, authorised signatory of Mahadev Liquors; Arun Ramchandra Pillai of Karnataka’s Bangalore and Arjun Pandey of Gurgaon.

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

The CBI had earlier carried out searches at 31 locations on August 19, including the premises of Sisodia in Delhi.

The CBI FIR is based on the complaint received from Lt Governor of Delhi VK Saxena, alleging irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) for the year 2021-22.

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