New Delhi: A new charge sheet by the Enforcement Directorate alleges that Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party used money from the liquor scam to campaign in the Goa assembly elections. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s name is mentioned in the charge sheet. Telangana’s ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader Kavitha, Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress MP Maguntha Srinivasalu Reddy, and Aurobindo Pharma’s Sarath Reddy are named in the charge sheet.
According to the ED chargesheet, Aam Aadmi Party communications in-charge Vijay Nair, accused in the Delhi liquor scam case, made a video call between Indospirits chief Sameer Mahendru and Kejriwal from his phone.
ED has issued the supplementary chargesheet against Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy scam case. The money obtained through corruption was used for the election campaign in Goa. Vijay Nair and others collected more than 100 crores. The charge sheet also states that Vijay Nair is the main mastermind of the scam. AAP contested the 2022 Goa assembly elections and won two seats.
Earlier, the ED had filed a charge sheet against businessman Sameer Mahendru and four firms in the liquor scam case. The Delhi government’s Excise Policy 2021-22 was scrapped on July 31 last year following allegations of corruption. There were allegations of corruption and irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the policy.
ED and CBI also found corruption when the Delhi excise policy was revised with the connivance of the liquor lobby. Central agencies have alleged that Liquor License holders have been given undue benefits in connection with the license under the Liquor Policy.