Liquor Policy Case Row: ED Raids At 35 Locations Across Punjab, Delhi and Hyderabad

The ongoing war of words between the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP, over Delhi government’s liquor policy, seems to increase today with the ED raids. Furthermore, the Delhi Excise Policy, which went into effect on November 17 of last year, was repealed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in July 2022 as a result of a CBI investigation into its execution, on Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena’s recommendation.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted searches at 35 locations across Delhi, Punjab and Hyderabad. Moreover, these raids are clearly a part of investigation into the alleged money laundering in Delhi’s liquor policy brought by the Aam Aadmi Party’s government under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal. 

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With this, Delhi chief minister Kejriwal has attacked the BJP and the Central government. In a tweet, he said, “More than 500 raids till now, for the last 3 months, more than 300 CBI/ED officials have been working day and night to find evidence against Mr. Manish Sisodia, but they found nothing! Why? Because Mr. Sisodia is innocent. You are wasting the precious time of these officers for your dirty politics. Would the nation prosper like this?” 

The alleged money laundering case in Delhi’s excise policy, which has initiated a political battle between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, is the result of a CBI FIR in which Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, and other bureaucrats have been charged. Moreover, the CBI is looking into whether the policy aided the liquor cartels.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party accuses the Aam Aadmi Party of promoting corruption through its liquor policy, the AAP blames the BJP of doing dirty politics to defame Mr. Kejriwal. Recently, Vijay Nair, AAP’s communication chief and a close aide of CM Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI. Moreover, this has sparked a new controversy for Delhi CM Kejriwal. 

Furthermore, the battle, which during the initial phase, was seen as a tussle between Delhi governor Banwarilal Purohit and CM Arvind Kejriwal, now seems widening, turning into a war of words between the AAP and the BJP.

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