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Searches premises of AAP’s Sanjay Singh aides in liquor policy case

AAP leader Sanjay Singh has denied any wrongdoing.

New Delhi:

India’s Financial Crimes Agency raided the premises of several aides to Sanjay Singh, an Aam Aadmi party leader, on Wednesday in connection with a case involving Delhi’s now-abandoned alcohol policy.

Sources from the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it was carrying out searches in several locations, including the residences and offices of Ajit Tyagi, a close associate of Mr Singh, and others businessmen and entrepreneurs who would have benefited from the policy.

After the 10 a.m. raid, ED officials took Ajit Tyagi and another aide Vivek Tyagi for questioning.

The case concerns allegations that Mr Singh and his associates played a role in the Delhi government’s decision to license liquor stores and distributors in 2020, causing losses to the state treasury and breaching the anti-corruption laws.

Mr Singh, who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, denied any wrongdoing and accused the central government of a political vendetta. Delhi’s former deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, is among those arrested in the case.

“[Prime Minister Narendra] Modi’s intimidation is at its peak. I fight against Modi’s dictatorship. ED’s fake investigation was exposed in front of the whole country. ED accepted me his 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. This is the highest level of crime. No matter how hard you try to threaten us, the fight will continue,” he said on Twitter.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which rules Delhi, has been locked in a bitter row with the BJP, which rules nationally, over various issues and says it is using the so-called booze scam to settle political scores.

The Law Enforcement Directorate is one of many agencies that have been accused by opposition parties of being misused by the central government to target critics and rivals. The agency denied any political bias or interference in its investigations.


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