K Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, will be questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Delhi liquor policy case tomorrow.
The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader was questioned by the CBI in Hyderabad for over seven hours on December 12 in connection with the case.
The enforcement directorate is investigating money laundering allegations linked to the liquor policy case.
Ms Kavitha’s summons comes a day after a Delhi court sent Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandra Pillai to ED custody till March 13 and liquor baron Amandeep Dhall to judicial custody till March 21.
The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Ms Kavitha is part of the “South Cartel” that benefited from kickbacks in the Delhi liquor policy case.
Responding strongly to the summons, Ms Kavitha dismissed the allegations and said she will seek legal opinions.
“As a law-abiding citizen, I will fully cooperate with the investigation agencies. However, due to the Dharna and prefixed appointments, I’ll seek legal opinions on the date of attending it,” she said in a statement.
తెలంగాణ తల వంచదు
Ahead of our March 10 dharna along with the opposition parties and women organisations demanding the Women’s Reservation Bill at Jantar Mantar, I have been summoned by the ED on March 9th.
My statement : pic.twitter.com/DWbNuNNpnP
— Kavitha Kalvakuntla (@RaoKavitha) March 8, 2023
“I would also like the ruling party at the Centre to know that these tactics of intimidation against the fight and voice of our leader, CM Shri KCR, and against the entire BRS Party will not deter us. Under the leadership of KCR Garu, we will continue to fight to expose your failures & raise voice for a brighter and better future for India.
“Let me also remind the power mongers in Delhi that Telangana has never and will never bow before the oppressive anti people regime. We will fearlessly and fiercely fight for the rights of the people,” the statement read.
The Delhi liquor policy, launched in November 2021, was withdrawn last year by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government after a CBI probe was ordered by Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, a representative of the BJP-led government at the centre.
The ED and the CBI have both alleged that several irregularities were committed while modifying the liquor policy with kickbacks from the “South Cartel” lobby.
The group allegedly comprised Ms Kavitha, Magunta Srinivasalu Reddy, an MP from Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress, and Sarath Reddy of Aurobindo Pharma.
AAP leader and former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, another accused in the case, has been lodged at Tihar jail after a CBI court remanded him to 14-day judicial custody till March 20.
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