Delhi Excise Policy Scam| Supreme Court protects BRS leader K Kavitha from arrest

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Last week, CBI had asked the BRS leader to appear for questioning, which she had skipped citing multiple "pressing" public engagements

Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader and daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, K Kavitha has been granted interim protection from arrest in connection with the alleged Delhi liquor scam case.

Kavitha approached the Supreme Court against the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate. Notably, she was to appear before ED on February 26, which she did not.

Top Court bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal has today grated her protection till March 13, 2024 when the matter shall be heard next.

In her petition Kavitha submitted that she should be interrogated at her home as women have right to privacy and cannot be called to the ED office.

The instant money laundering case stems from a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR.

According to the CBI and the ED, irregularities were committed while modifying the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 (now scrapped), and undue favors were extended to license holders. The Delhi government implemented the excise policy on November 17, 2021, but scrapped it at the end of September 2022 amid allegations of corruption.