BRS MLC K Kavitha, the daughter of Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate office in the national capital on Monday, four days after she refused to appear before the central agency in connection with her alleged involvement in the excise policy case.
Last week, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear a plea filed by the BRS leader, challenging the ED’s summons to her in the case. Skipping summons on Thursday, Kavitha had said that the matter was still pending before the apex court.
#WATCH | Delhi: BRS MLC K Kavitha arrives at the ED office after the agency summoned her in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. pic.twitter.com/4ogIGyYPXJ
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The 44-year-old MLC was first questioned in the case on March 11, following which she was summoned again on March 16.
The federal probe agency rejected her claims and asked her to depose on March 20. During the nine hours she spent at the ED office on March 11, Kavitha is understood to have been confronted with the statements made by Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandran Pillai, an arrested accused in the case who allegedly shares close ties with her, apart from those of few others involved in the case.
The BRS MLC’s statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Kavitha has asserted that she had done nothing wrong and alleged that the BJP-led Centre was “using” the ED as the saffron party could not gain a “backdoor entry” in Telangana.
(With agency inputs)