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Delhi Court Extends BRS Leader Kavitha’s ED Remand: What’s Next?

Delhi: The Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi has extended BRS leader K Kavitha’s ED remand till April 9 (Tuesday). The court order came after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) did not seek an extension of her custodial interrogation. Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, was arrested on March 15 in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam case where she is accused of being a key member of the ‘South Group’ that allegedly paid the AAP kickbacks of Rs 100 crore for a share of liquor licenses in the national capital. The court had initially sent her to seven days of ED custody on March 16 and it was extended by three days last Saturday.

However, during the proceedings, Kavitha’s advocate Nitesh Rana sought interim bail on the basis of her minor son’s upcoming exams. The counsel for the ED countered this request, stating that strict provisions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) apply to both interim and regular bail. Furthermore, the ED submitted documents in a sealed cover and Kavitha’s counsel requested permission to physically inspect them under provisions of the PMLA.

The court has adjourned the case till April 9, when it will decide on Kavitha’s interim bail plea as well as allow for inspection of the submitted documents.

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