Delhi Liquor Scam: Legal Troubles Intensify for K. Kavitha as Court Extends Judicial Custody Until July 18

In the ongoing investigation into the Delhi excise policy scam, BRS leader K. Kavitha’s legal woes have escalated. On Friday, the Rouse Avenue Court extended her judicial custody to July 18 following the expiry of her previous detention period.

K. Kavitha, daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, was presented before Special Judge Kaveri Baweja via video conferencing as her custody period came to an end. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has been spearheading the probe, requested an extension of her judicial custody. However, Kavitha’s defense counsel strongly opposed the CBI’s plea.

This legal development follows closely after the CBI filed a supplementary charge sheet against Kavitha, accusing her of facilitating undue advantages for certain liquor businesses under the revised excise policy. The court is yet to decide on taking cognizance of the charge sheet, with the next hearing scheduled for July 6.

The CBI had arrested Kavitha in April at Tihar Jail, where she was already detained in a related money laundering case initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED had earlier arrested her in March from her residence in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

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Prior to her current judicial custody, CBI officials conducted an interrogation inside the prison, having received prior approval from the special court. The interrogation was centered around WhatsApp chats recovered from the phone of co-accused Buchi Babu and documents related to a land deal. Allegations have emerged that the AAP received a bribe of ₹100 crore to tailor Delhi’s excise policy in favor of certain liquor tycoons.

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