Excise Scam: Delhi HC Dismisses K Kavitha’s Bail Pleas In Corruption, Money-Laundering Cases

K Kavitha

The Delhi High Court on Monday has dismissed BRS leader K Kavitha’s bail pleas in 2 cases of corruption and money laundering linked to the alleged excise policy scam.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma, who reserved the order on the 2 bail pleas of Kavitha on May 28, rejected the petitions.

Case Insights

Kavitha challenged the trial court’s May 6 order where her bail applications in the CBI’s corruption case as well as the ED’s money-laundering case were dismissed.

Kavitha’s lawyer submitted that of the 50 accused in the excise case, she is the lone woman and urged the court to consider granting her bail as law keeps women on another pedestal.

CBI & ED opposed Kavitha’s bail pleas, saying she is powerful enough to influence witnesses.

Kavitha is in judicial custody in the 2 cases.

The Scam

The “scam” pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22 that was later scrapped.

The ED arrested Kavitha (46) from her Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad on March 15. The CBI arrested her in the Tihar jail.

In her bail plea in the ED case, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader, daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, stated she had “nothing to do” with the excise policy and there was a criminal conspiracy against her “orchestrated by the ruling party at the Centre with the active connivance of the ED.”

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