Delhi excise policy "scam": ED seizes assets valued at Rs. 76.54 crore under PMLA

Delhi excise policy "scam": ED seizes assets valued at Rs. 76.54 crore under PMLA

In a money laundering case investigation related to the Delhi excise policy "scam," the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Wednesday that it had attached mansions in posh neighborhoods of Delhi and Mumbai, restaurants, 50 cars, and bank deposits totaling Rs 76.54 crore.

According to a statement from the agency, the properties are owned by Vijay Nair, the communications coordinator for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who was arrested, liquor industry executive Sameer Mahandru, his wife and business Indospirit Group, businessman Dinesh Arora, Arun Pillai, and Amit Arora, director of Buddy Retail Pvt Limited, among others.

In accordance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, a temporary attachment order for the assets has been issued (PMLA).

Money laundering is related to a CBI FIR. In the CBI and ED allegations, Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, and other government excise officers were listed as defendants.

In its FIR, the CBI has stated that Sisodia and other accused public officers advised and made actions relating to the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 without the sanction of competent authorities with "an purpose to offer undue advantages to the licensees post tender." In this instance, the ED has so far filed two charge sheets or complaints against the prosecution and made a total of six arrests.