Excise policy case: BRS' Kavitha taken to Tihar

BRS leader K Kavitha was taken to Tihar Jail, prison officials said, after a Delhi court on Tuesday sent her to judicial custody till April 9 on the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea that if released, the “highly-influential” arrestee was likely to influence witnesses and tamper with evidence.

The 46-year-old Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader was arrested by the central probe agency in a Delhi excise policy-linked money-laundering case on March 15.

Speaking to reporters before entering court, the BRS leader claimed, “It is an illegal case. We will fight it out. Jai Telangana”.

The ED has alleged that Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, was a key member of the ‘South Group’ that has been accused of paying the AAP kickbacks of Rs 100 crore in return for a big share of liquor licences in the national capital.

Kavitha, a Telangana Member of Legislative Council (MLC) and the daughter of former chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, was arrested in Hyderabad on March 15 and remanded to ED custody a day later. She was arrested after a search operation was conducted at Kavitha’s residence in Hyderabad on the same day.

Earlier, the Supreme Court refused to entertain K Kavitha’s bail plea in the Delhi excise policy case and asked her to move the trial court with the direction that the bail application filed would be decided expeditiously.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna, MM Sundresh, and Bela M. Trivedi remarked that it has to follow a uniform policy for all and can’t allow people to approach the top court directly for bail as they are political people.

(With agency inputs)

Roy Walsh

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