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Delhi: ED arrests liquor baron Sameer Mahendru in excise policy case

This is the second significant arrest within 24 hours in connection with the case. Last evening, the CBI arrested businessman Vijay Nair in the Delhi excise policy case.

Delhi: ED arrests liquor baron Sameer Mahendru in excise policy case
Residence of Sameer Mahendru at Jor Bagh 207 in New Delhi, where CBI had conducted searches last month. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday arrested the owner of Indospirit, Sameer Mahendru, in connection with its probe into the alleged excise policy scam, where Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been named as the prime accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). After a night-long investigation, Mahendru was arrested from Delhi under the criminal provisions of the Public Money Laundering Act (PMLA), reported news agency PTI.

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This is the second significant arrest within 24 hours in connection with the case. Last evening, the CBI arrested businessman Vijay Nair in the Delhi excise policy case. Nair is the former CEO of Only Much Louder (OML), an entertainment and event management company, and is associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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Mahendru has been deemed as Sisodia’s close associate in CBI’s FIR. The FIR further claims that Sisodia financially benefitted from Mahendru after he had allegedly paid the Delhi Deputy CM twice in crores. Mahendru was also a key figure in the several framework irregularities in the now-withdrawn excise policy, that allegedly benefitted few government officials, private liquor licensees and Sisodia.

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