Excise Policy case: BRS leader Kavitha urges Delhi court for grant of interim bail; ED opposes her plea

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New Delhi: A special court hearing the alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of Delhi Excise Policy on Thursday reserved its order for Monday on an interim bail plea of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha, who urged the court to grant her interim bail for providing “moral and emotional support” to her 16-year-old son for her exams.

What did BRS leader Kavitha submit before the special judge?

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Kavitha before special judge Kaveri Baweja, urged the court to release her on interim bail, saying that she has a child, who is not a toddler or is in arms but a 16-year-old, however, the issue is different and it is about the mother providing moral and emotional support to her child when there is trauma and shock about what has happened.

“The perspective of a mother is not substitutable by the father or sister or brother. The emotional support of a mother can’t be substituted by a ‘maasi’ also,” Singhvi argued before the special judge, adding that no immediate interrogation is there which can’t wait for these few weeks and that an exam anxiety doesn’t have to be a medical condition for the mother to join.

ED opposed Kavitha’s plea for interim bail

The ED opposed the interim bail plea of the BRS leader, claiming that the BRS leader destroyed evidence and influenced witnesses in the case and she completely wiped out four mobile phones and is one of the prime movers of giving bribes.

The ED counsel further told the court that the BRS leader is not only part of arranging kickbacks in advance but also beneficiary through Indospirit and there are direct proceeds of crime through bank accounts where she is a beneficiary.

“I am not relying on statements alone. I have material, WhatsApp documents etc and there are direct proceeds of crime through bank accounts, where she is a beneficiary,” the ED counsel told the court, adding that the agency is on the verge of a crucial breakthrough and any relief to accused Kavitha at this stage will hamper the investigation.

“There is influencing of witness, there is an attempt to make at least two or three witnesses to retract statements. Out of which one or two people, she (BRS leader Kavitha) has already succeeded. Third person came forward to us and said that she exerted pressure on him. There is an apparent destruction of evidence,” the ED counsel told the court.

BRS leader Kavitha was arrested by ED from Hyderabad on March 15

Kavitha, who is the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao and an MLC, was arrested in a money laundering case linked with alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy from Hyderabad on March 15 and was later sent to Tihar Jail in judicial custody after ED did not seek her further custody in the case.

The ED has alleged Kavitha to be a key member of the “South Group”, which according to the ED, paid the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi kickbacks of Rs 100 crore in exchange for a big share of liquor licences in the national capital.

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