Delhi Court sends BRS leader K Kavitha to judicial custody till 9 April

Delhi excise policy case: The ED did not seek further custodial interrogation of Kavitha, daughter of ex-Telangana CM, in the Delhi Excise Policy-linked money laundering case

Written By Karishma Pranav Bhavsar
Updated26 Mar 2024
Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavitha (PTI)
Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavitha (PTI)

A Delhi court has sent Bharat Rashtriya Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha to judicial custody till April 9 in connection with the Delhi Liquor Policy case. The Special Judge Kaveri Baweja, while sending her to Tihar Jail for 14 days has also fixed hearing on interim bail plea for 1 April. 

The ED while requesting that the court send her to judicial custody, stated that Kavitha is highly influential and there was a good chance the arrestee would influence witnesses and tamper with the evidence if she were released, which may jeopardise the ongoing investigation.

Earlier in the day, ED told Delhi's Rouse Avenue court had said that further custodial interrogation of BRS leader K Kavitha is not required. The BRS leader's counsel had also sought interim bail on the grounds of her son's exams, news agency PTI reported.

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The ED produced K Kavitha before the Rouse Avenue court at the conclusion of her custody in the excise case. The central probe agency arrested the 46-year-old on March 15.

While speaking to reporters before entering the court, Kavitha said, “This is not a money laundering case but a political laundering case. It is a fabricated and false case. We will come out clean. It is an illegal case. We will fight it out. Jai Telangana".

Kavitha is the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. ED alleged that she was a key member of the 'South Group', which has been accused of paying the AAP kickbacks of 100 crore in return for a big share of liquor licences in the national capital. She was arrested on March 15 after a search operation at her residence.

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According to the ED, Kavitha, along with others, allegedly conspired with the top AAP leaders, including the recently arrested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, to get favours in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Excise policy. So far, a total of 16 people, including Kejriwal, Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, and Vijay Nair from AAP, have been arrested.

Earlier on March 22, the SC had refused to grant her bail. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna, MM Sundresh, and Bela M Trivedi had asked Kavitha to approach the trial court, saying it was a practice that this court was following and could not bypass the protocol.

(With inputs from agencies)

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