Delhi Liquor Scam: ED seizes assets worth 52 crores, including 2 properties of Manish Sisodia

Delhi Excise Policy Scam: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has attached assets worth over Rs 52 crore of arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, his wife and some other accused in a money laundering case related to the Delhi Excise Policy. The ED and the CBI alleged that the excise policy of the Delhi government for 2021-22 favored some liquor dealers.

A provisional order has been issued for attachment of other immovable properties (worth Rs 7.29 crore) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), including two properties of Manish Sisodia and his wife Seema Sisodia, another accused Rajesh Joshi (Chariot Productions Media Private Limited) and land/flat of Gautam Malhotra.

The attached assets include Manish Sisodia’s bank deposits amounting to Rs 11.49 lakh, Brindco Sales Pvt Ltd (amounting to Rs 16.45 crore) and movable assets worth Rs 44.29 crore, the agency said in a statement.

The ED said the total value of the attached assets is Rs 52.24 crore. Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia was arrested by the ED in March in this case and is currently in judicial custody.

The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have alleged that the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22 favored some liquor dealers who allegedly paid bribes for it. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi has denied the allegation.

The policy was later canceled and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi recommended a CBI probe, following which the ED registered a case under the PMLA.
Edited By : Chetan Gour (language)

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