The Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand of Aam Aadmi Party’s Vijai Nair and Hyderabad-based businessman Abhishek Boinpally has been extended for another five days by the Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday.
The 5-day ED remand was completed on Saturday, and both were then brought before the judge. In a CBI case connected to the Excise case, both defendants in the case were granted bail earlier on November 14. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had previously detained both suspects, who were held at Tihar Jail. They were detained by ED after being captured.
The Central Bureau of Investigation detained Nair on September 27 in connection with his alleged involvement in irregularities involving the excise policy of the Delhi government. After LG VK Saxena recommended a CBI investigation, an FIR was filed.
The CBI claims that Nair participated in meetings with the other co-accused, alcohol producers, and distributors in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi in order to arrange “ill-gotten money through hawala operators.”
Boinpally attended meetings with the other defendants in the case, including liquor industry executives, in Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad, according to the CBI probe.
Boinpally and another defendant, liquor industry executive Sameer Mahendru, who has already been detained and is currently being held in Tihar jail, were allegedly involved in a scheme to launder money, according to information provided to a court by the central agency.
Following Sameer Mahendru’s arrest in the case, Managing Director of Delhi’s Jor Bagh-based liquor distributor Indospirit Group, the ED conducted over three dozen raids in Delhi and Punjab in October.
Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, Arva Gopi Krishna, Deputy Commissioner Anand Tiwari, and Assistant Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar are among those charged in the case.
Manoj Rai, a former employee of Pernod Ricard, Amandeep Dhal, director of Brindco Sales, Amit Arora, and Dinesh Arora, directors of Buddy Retail, and Sunny Marwah, Arun Ramchandra Pillai, and Arjun Pandey, authorised signatories of Mahadev Liquors, are also charged.