CBI names 15 accused, including Sisodia, in Delhi excise scam case, says they extended ‘unreasonable benefits to licensees’ – Details
The CBI, which has been conducting raids at several locations, has also booked the then Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna along with Deputy Commissioner Anand Tiwari.
New Delhi: Hours after a raid in the Delhi Excise scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its FIR against 15 accused including Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. Deputy CM is in charge of excise department. A new policy was introduced last year under which government liquor shops were closed and private licenses started.
The CBI, conducting raids at multiple locations, also booked the then Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna, Assistant Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar, Deputy Commissioner Anand Tiwari. Apart from this, the central agency has filed cases against liquor company executives, dealers, government employees and private individuals.
The CBI said in its FIR that Manish Sisodia, Arva Gopi Krishna, Anand Tiwari, and Pankaj Bhatnagar made recommendations regarding the excise policy for 2021-22 and played an important role in decision-making and tender posts were awarded to licensees without the approval of the competent authority for the purpose of obtaining benefits. .
The investigating agency also said that “Vijay Nair, former CEO of Only Much Lauder, an entertainment and event management company, Manoj Rai, former employee of Pernod Ricard, Amandeep Dhal, owner of Brindco Spirits and Sameer Mahendru, owner of Inda Spirits, were actively involved in irregularities in the formulation and implementation of Delhi’s excise policy.
Accused List by CBI
Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister
Arva Gopi Krishna, the then Commissioner (Excise)
Anand Tiwari, the then Deputy Commissioner (Excise)
Pankaj Bhatnagar, Assistant Commissioner (Excise)
Vijay Nair, former CEO, M/s Only Much Louder, an entertainment and event management company
Manoj Rai, Ex-Employee of M/s. Pernod Ricard
Amandeep Dhal, Director, M/s Brindco Sales Pvt. Ltd
Sameer Mahendru, Managing Director, lndospirit GrouAmit Arora, Director, M/s Buddy Retail Private Limited
Buddy Retail Private Limited
Sunny Marwah, Authorised Signatory, M/s Mahadev Liquors
Arun Ramchandra Pilla