ED Searches Properties of AAP Politician's Aides in Liquor Policy Case
15:21 24.05.2023 (Updated: 16:14 24.05.2023)
© AP Photo / Ajit SolankiA road roller is used to destroy seized liquor bottles as police officials oversee in Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
© AP Photo / Ajit Solanki
Alleged financial irregularities in the formulation and execution of the now-reversed liquor policy introduced by AAP-led Delhi government in 2021 are being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.
Enforcement Directorate (ED), India’s economic intelligence and law enforcement agency on Wednesday conducted raids at the premises of several aides of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) politician Sanjay Singh in connection to the now-scrapped liquor policy investigation.
Among the locations searched were residences and offices of Ajit Tyagi – a close aide of Singh – and other businessmen and contractors including Puneet Tyagi, Amit Goyal and Sarvesh Mishra who allegedly benefitted from the policy, India media reported quoting ED sources.
Following the raids, Singh posted a video message on Twitter criticizing India's central government and alleging that the “fake investigation of ED was exposed in front of the whole country. Even ED apologised to me for its mistake. When nothing was found, today ED raided the house of my colleagues Ajit Tyagi and Sarvesh Mishra. Sarvesh's father is suffering from cancer.”
He called it “the height of injustice” and vowed to continue to “fight.”
मोदी की दादागिरी चरम पर है।— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) May 24, 2023
मैं मोदी की तानाशाही के ख़िलाफ़ लड़ रहा हूँ।
ED की फर्जी जाँच को पूरे देश के सामने उजागर किया।
ED ने मुझसे गलती मानी।
जब कुछ नही मिला तो आज मेरे सहयोगियों अजीत त्यागी और सर्वेश मिश्रा के घर ED ने छापा मारा है।
सर्वेश के पिता कैंसर से पीड़ित हैं ये… pic.twitter.com/4mwfV7j9GV
“I exposed the Modi-Adani scam, raised the matter of misuse of ED. When Modi didn’t get anything then he got the raids conducted at the residences of my colleagues. The war against injustice of Modi will continue. I will neither bow down nor stop,” he said in another tweet in Hindi.
© Photo : Twitter/@SanjayAzadSlnAAP Politician Sanjay Singh Slams Prime Minister Modi-led Federal Government for Raids of ED
AAP Politician Sanjay Singh Slams Prime Minister Modi-led Federal Government for Raids of ED
© Photo : Twitter/@SanjayAzadSln
Singh was named by the ED in its third supplementary chargesheet earlier this month, however, he was not shown as being formally accused.
Later, Singh sent a legal notice to the federal agency for “maliciously” naming him in the liquor policy case.
Replying to Singh’s notice, the ED said that “out of the four references to him in a supplementary prosecution complaint filed by the agency, a typographical/clerical error has inadvertently crept in (instead of ‘Rahul Singh’, ‘Sanjay Singh’ was inadvertently mentioned at only one reference)."