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Delhi Liquor Scam: ED Summons India Ahead’s Gautam Mootha

Earlier ED questioned Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia over his active involvement in the scam

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INDIA. Delhi: In a recent development, India Ahead TV’s Managing Director Gautam Mootha, alongside Andhra Prabha, is summoned by the central probe agency in connection with the Delhi liquor scam case.

Previously, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia over his active involvement in the scam.

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Recently, the probe agency apprehended Vijay Nair in the excise scam. Followed by Nair’s arrest, Sameer Mahendru, the Jor Bagh-based businessman, was held as the prime accused in the case. On October 7, the central agency raided locations across Hyderabad and NCR region.

Presently, Indospirit Group managing director Sameer Mahendru is under the bars of ED.

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The arrests were made under IPC Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 477A (falsification of accounts), and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Meanwhile, Delhi ruling party AAP claimed that Sisodia was offered to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the entire raid was planted to harm their party’s reputation.

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But, BJP denied such allegations and called it an act of defence. Almost 15 people have been arrested in the liquor scam, including various high-profile businessmen.

About the Delhi Liquor scam

Delhi LG VK Saxena requested a CBI investigation into the Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s excise policy for 2021-22.

According to the policy, illegitimate retail licenses were given to private bidders for 849 vends across the city, divided into 32 zones.

However, many liquor bars failed to open their shops in the exact location near the areas of Delhi. Due to this, the Municipal Corporation had to shut the stores.

BJP and Congress have opposed such activities and logged a complaint against this. However, the scam is spread in huge areas with solid links. ED, along with CBI, is working on getting hold of all the prime suspects.

Also Read: ED Arrests TMC Leader Manik Bhattacharya in Bengal SSC Scam

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