BREAKING| Supreme Court denies relief to BRS leader K Kavitha; asks her to approach trial court for bail

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We cannot grant you relief only because you are a political person, the special bench observed

Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader and daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, K Kavitha has been denied any relief by the Supreme Court today.

Kavitha was recently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Delhi liquor scam case.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kavitha, told court today, "Please see what is happening in this country..all statements are of approvers..I am very upset what is happening..".

In response, a special three-judge bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna, Bela M Trivedi and MM Sundresh said, "Don't get emotional, we are hearing the Vijay Madanlal fair as bail is concerned, WE ARE VERY CLEAR YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE TRIAL COURT...All of us are clear that only because it is a political person, we cannot grant relief..".

"What you are asking us to do is not possible, what is going to happen is everyone is going to come under Article cannot make submissions on merits..we cannot hear it..we will issue notice and hear it with the main challenge..", the bench added.

Kavitha was granted interim protection from arrest by the Supreme Court on February 28, 2024 when she had approached court against the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate. 

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

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.