Delhi High Court Denies K Kavitha’s Bail in Excise Policy Scam Cases

In a significant ruling on Monday, the Delhi High Court dismissed the bail petitions of BRS leader K Kavitha in connection with the excise policy scam. Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma, who had reserved the order on May 28 following hearings on the bail applications, denied relief to Kavitha, who faces allegations in corruption and money laundering cases.

Kavitha, a notable figure in the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), had appealed against a May 6 decision by the trial court that rejected her bail pleas in the cases led by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The CBI has accused her of corruption, while the ED is investigating her for alleged money laundering in the formulation and implementation of Delhi’s excise policy.

The courts have consistently heard strong arguments against granting bail in these high-profile cases. The ED highlighted the complexities of tracking financial transactions across borders, emphasizing the ease with which money trails can be obscured through modern technology. They argued that routine bail conditions would be inadequate to prevent Kavitha from potentially interfering with the evidence or the investigation.

Similarly, the CBI voiced concerns that if Kavitha were to be granted bail, she could undermine the ongoing investigation. They stressed her failure to meet the ‘triple test’ established by various constitutional courts, which assesses the potential for an accused to flee, influence witnesses, or tamper with the investigation process.

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This decision marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing saga of the excise policy scam, reflecting the judiciary’s stern stance on corruption and money laundering cases, especially those involving high-profile political figures.

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