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Delhi excise policy case: High Court reserves order on BRS leader K Kavitha's bail plea

The CBI and ED opposed the bail plea, citing concerns about potential tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses. They presented detailed arguments outlining Kavitha's alleged role in the excise policy case, stressing the need for her continued custody to ensure a fair investigation.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: May 28, 2024 17:08 IST
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Image Source : DELHI EXCISE POLICY CASE Delhi: BRS MLC K Kavitha leaves from the residence of her father, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, for the ED office.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha’s petition seeking bail in cases related to the Delhi liquor excise policy. The decision was reserved by a bench led by Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma. Kavitha was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 15 and by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on April 11. She remains in judicial custody at Tihar Jail under charges brought by both agencies. 

The legal team highlighted her political standing and commitment to following legal procedures.

Contention of compromised investigation

Kavitha’s plea emphasised that the investigation by the probe agencies was compromised. The BRS leader was challenging the city court’s earlier decision to deny her bail.

City court's previous ruling

On May 6, the city court denied Kavitha’s bail in the ED case, stating a “prima facie” case of her involvement in money laundering related to the Delhi excise policy. In the CBI case, the court ruled that Kavitha appeared to be a key conspirator in the alleged collection and payment of upfront money to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) through co-accused to secure favorable provisions in the excise policy.

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