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“AAP Used Delhi Liquor Scam Money To Fund Goa Polls Campaign”: Enforcement Directorate

According to the Enforcement Directorate, cash payments amounting to almost Rs 70 lakh were made to the volunteers who were part of AAP’s survey teams.

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party allegedly used the funds obtained from the suspected Delhi liquor scam for election campaigning in Goa, according to the Enforcement Directorate’s statement on Thursday. In the chargesheet submitted in the case, the ED stated, “Investigation of the trail of this kickback so far has revealed that some of these money were used in the election campaign of the AAP.”

The Goa Assembly elections were held in 2022 in which the AAP won two seats.

According to the ED, cash payments amounting to almost Rs 70 lakh were made to the volunteers who were part of AAP’s survey teams. The probe agency said AAP’s communications in-charge Vijay Nair “told certain persons involved in the campaign related work to receive the payments in cash”.

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It further claimed that Vijay Nair received payments of Rs 100 crore on behalf of the AAP from a group that included Telangana CM KCR’s daughter Kavitha Kalvakuntla, YSRCP MP Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, and his son Raghav Magunta.

According to the central agency, Hyderabad-based businessman Abhishek Boinpally conspired with Dinesh Arora, an aide to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, to assist the movement of the aforementioned funds.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP supremo responded to the ED’s charge and said it was “completely fictional”.

After Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena ordered a CBI investigation into the suspected irregularities in the implementation of Delhi’s Excise Policy 2021–2022, the liquor plan came under scrutiny.

After a CBI investigation into its execution, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government repealed the Delhi Excise Policy, which went into effect on November 17, 2021. The ED is looking into the alleged scam’s financial trail.

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