Delhi excise policy case: Court allows CBI to question BRS’s K. Kavitha in Tihar jail

She was arrested by ED on March 15

Delhi excise case Kavitha CBI (File) RS MLC K Kavitha in Hyderabad | PTI

A Delhi court on Friday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to question BRS leader K.Kavitha, arrested in the Delhi excise policy case, in Tihar jail. 

Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested Kavitha on March 15 in connection with a money laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy. 

CBI had approached the court seeking permission to question Kavitha in judicial custody. 

Earlier, Kavitha urged the Delhi court on Thursday to grant her interim bail as her 16-year-old son had exams and requires his mother's "moral and emotional support". The court of Special Judge Kaveri Baweja reserved its order for Monday.

The ED opposed her bail submission and claimed that Kavitha had destroyed evidence and influenced witnesses in the case. 

"The accused in question is one of the prime movers of giving bribes. She is not only part of arranging kickbacks in advance but also a beneficiary through indospirit. I am not relying on statements alone. I have material, WhatsApp documents etc. There are direct proceeds of crime through bank accounts, where she is a beneficiary," the ED's counsel told the judge.

ED also told the court that they are on the verge of a crucial breakthrough and any relief at this stage will hamper the investigation.

K. Chandrashekar Rao's daughter Kavitha is allegedly a key member of the "South Group", which allegedly paid the ruling AAP Rs 100 crore in return for a big share of liquor licences in the national capital. 

(With PTI inputs)


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