In the Delhi Excise policy money laundering case, the ED (Enforcement Directorate) filed its first charge sheet before a court here on Saturday, according to officials. Sameer Mahandru, a liquor businessman, has been named as one of the accused by Enforcement Directorate on Saturday.
They claimed that in addition to Indospirits promoter Mahandru, the prosecution complaint also named two other individuals and was around 3,000 pages long with witness testimonies and annexures.
According to them, the charge sheet contains references to sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
In this case, which was filed after the agency took cognizance of a CBI FIR that was registered on the Delhi’s lieutenant governor recommendation, the agency claimed it has so far conducted 169 search operations.
According to officials, prima facie evidence of violations of the GNCTD Act of 1991, the Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR) of 1993, the Delhi Excise Act of 2009, and the Delhi Excise Rules of 2010 was presented in the Delhi Chief Secretary’s report, which was submitted in July.
Up to this point, the ED has made five arrests in this matter. After being questioned, Mahandru was arrested on September 27 by the Enforcement Directorate.
Both CBI (Crime Bureau of India) and ED are investigating whether the Delhi government’s excise policy, which has now been scrapped, was framed to provide undue and illegal favours to liquor manufacturers and distributors at the cost of the government exchequer.
The CBI too filed its first charge sheet in the case early this week.
(With PTI inputs)
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