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New Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its first charge sheet in the court against seven accused, including two arrested businessmen, in the Delhi Excise Policy scam case. Officials gave this information.
Apart from the two arrested businessmen, those named in the charge sheet include the head of a news channel, a liquor baron from Hyderabad, a liquor distributor from Delhi and two officials of the excise department, he said.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has not been named in the chargesheet, which was filed within 60 days of the CBI taking over the probe. Sisodia has been named in the CBI FIR.
Officials said that the accused have been charged under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and the provision of bribery in the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The probe agency has kept its probe open regarding role of others, conspiracy with licensees, money laundering, formation of business cartel and wider conspiracy in formulation and implementation of controversial excise policy in the national capital.
Officials said the central probe agency managed to unearth the entire mess with the help of Dinesh Arora, an alleged ‘closer’ of Sisodia who turned approver. Arora recorded his statement under section 164 CrPC before a magistrate and was granted clemency by the special court for cooperating in the investigation.
The CBI had carried out searches at several places after registering a case against 15 people in August this year.
According to officials, it is alleged that the Delhi government’s excise policy for granting licenses to liquor traders was influenced in favor of some dealers and they allegedly paid bribes in return for the same. Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party has strongly denied the allegation.
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