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Kavitha kingpin of Delhi liquor scam: ED

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Remanded in custody till March 23
A Delhi court on Saturday sent BRS leader K. Kavitha to ED custody till March 23 in a money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy.
The ED in its remand report said, “The arrested K. Kavitha is one of the kingpins, a key conspirator and beneficiary of the Delhi excise policy scam. Kavitha along with other members of the South Group, that is, Sarath Reddy, Raghav Magunta and Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, conspired with top AAP leaders and gave them kickbacks of Rs 100 crore and in exchange got undue favours while formulating the Delhi Excise Policy and in its implementation.”
The ED produced Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, before the special court and sought her custody for 10 days. However, the court remanded her to ED custody only till March 23.
The Special Judge for ED as, MK Nagpal, passed the order on an application filed by the Central anti-money laundering agency seeking her remand.

While being produced in court, Kavitha described her arrest as “illegal,” “fabricated case,” and vowed to “fight it out.”
Kavitha, 46, a Telangana Legislative Council Member, was arrested by the ED from her residence in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad on Friday.
During the hearing, senior advocate Vikram Chaudhari, appearing for Kavitha along with advocate Nitesh Rana told the judge her arrest was “illegal.”
He also accused the Central anti-money laundering agency of flouting the Supreme Court’s direction while arresting her. They claimed the SC had directed the ED not to take any action against Kavitha before it heard her plea against the summons issued by the agency to her on March 19.
“It is a black day that SC orders are violated and an officer thinks he/she is above the law,” the counsel told the court.
The ED, however, said it has not made any statement before any court, including the Supreme Court, that no action would be taken against Kavitha.
“There is enough evidence and witness statements against Kavitha in this case,” the ED told the court. The agency also accused Kavitha of destroying evidence in the case. “We have summoned many witnesses to confront Kavitha,” the ED told the court.

Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, a former YSRCP MP in his confession to the CBI said, “In March 2021, during the Parliament session,
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