In a major development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested two more people, including the head of a pharmaceutical company, in connection with its probe into the money laundering case related to the Delhi Excise Policy Case.
An ED source related to the probe told The New Indian, “We have arrested Vinoy Babu of Pernad Ricord and Sharath Reddy, of Aurobindo Pharma, in connection with the case.”
Earlier, ED had arrested Sameer Mahendru, MD of Indospirits, on September 27 in connection with the case.
The ED had also carried out searches at over 180 locations in two months after it registered a case of money laundering based on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR.
The CBI registered a case against Delhi Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia, as the accused number one, with his close aide Vijay Nair, former CEO of Mumbai-based entertainment and event management company Only Much Louder, as a co-accused. ED also named 13 private people across Lucknow, Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Karnataka, which included liquor firms Brindco and Indospirit, in its case.
Besides Sisodia, the CBI has also named 14 others, including three public servants: then excise commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna; then deputy excise commissioner Anand Tiwari and assistant commissioner (excise) Pankaj Bhatnagar.
The CBI in its FIR alleged that close associates of Sisodia were actively involved in “managing and diverting the undue pecuniary advantage” collected from liquor licensees to accused public servants.
In the FIR, the CBI also alleged that Mahendru transferred an amount of ₹1 crore to the account of Radha Industries, which is managed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader’s close associate Dinesh Arora.
Apart from Mahendru and Nair, the CBI has also named Manoj Rai, an ex-employee of Lucknow-based Pernod Ricard; Amandeep Dhal, Director of Delhi-based Brindco Sales Pvt. Ltd.; Amit Arora, Director of Buddy Retail Private Limited; Dinesh Arora, Delhi-based Mahadev Liquors; Sunny Marwah, an authorised signatory of Mahadev Liquors; Arun Ramchandra Pillai of Karnataka’s Bangalore and Arjun Pandey of Gurgaon. The CBI also named other unnamed public servants and private persons in the FIR.
The CBI has to date arrested Nair, who is also AAP communication in-charge, and Hyderabad-based businessman Abhishek Boinpally in relation to the case.