Delhi HC refuses to grant bail to businessman Amandeep Dhal


The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to grant bail to businessman Amandeep Dhal, an accused in the alleged Delhi excise policy scam being probed by both the CBI and ED.
Dhal challenged the trial court’s orders, refusing to grant him bail in both CBI and ED cases.
A bench of Justice Swarna Kanta Sharma dismissed bail pleas filed by Dhal.
The CBI in April arrested Dhal from Tihar Jail in a corruption case related to the Delhi excise policy scam.
Dhal was already in judicial custody in a money laundering case related to the alleged excise policy scam.
Furthermore, he was arrested on March 1 by the ED under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
In the ED case, businessman Amandeep Singh Dhal was arrested on March 1, and Hydrabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandra Pillai was arrested on March 6, 2023.
According to the ED, Aman Singh Dhall, a Delhi-based businessman, has conspired with other persons and is actively involved in the formation of policy and facilitating kickbacks to AAP and its recoupment by the South Group through various means.
The ED and the CBI have alleged that irregularities were committed while modifying the excise policy, undue favours were extended to licence holders, licence fee was waived or reduced, and the L-1 licence was extended without the competent authority’s approval.
The beneficiaries diverted “illegal” gains to the accused officials and made false entries in their books of account to evade detection.