With the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioning Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha in the Delhi excise policy case, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLA Danam Nagender lashed out at the Centre, saying the BRS will teach the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a lesson when the time comes.
Speaking to ANI, Nagender said, “This is a clear-cut issue. The people are well aware of the vindictive activities of the BJP government. ED is acting as the mouthpiece of the BJP and central government. This is very unfair. She (Kavitha) categorically said yesterday that she is not involved in any of this and she is in no way connected with this liquor business.”
“If someone X, Y or Z mentioned her name, they (ED) cannot take it as a conspiracy. The important thing is that each time she has been requesting the ED to mention a certain time limit. In spite of it, even yesterday she came out around 10 pm. No one will spare (BJP) when a woman is being tortured like this. The BRS party will not step back and we are ready to face any consequences. We will definitely teach BJP a lesson at the appropriate time,” he added.
The ED questioned BRS MLC K Kavitha for more than 10 hours in the national capital on Tuesday over her alleged participation in the Delhi spirits policy case. Kavitha was being questioned by the federal government for the third time.
Kavitha claimed she brought all the phones she has used so far to the ED office in the national capital for the third round of interrogation in the Delhi excise policy-related money laundering case.
On Monday, Kavitha appeared before the ED after the federal agency issued a new summons to the BRS leader on March 16 to join its continuing probe in the matter.
The federal agency issued the new summons after Kavitha declined to attend the ED questioning on Thursday, citing a pending Supreme Court case.
Kavitha did not come for interrogation, indicating to the investigation team that the case is still pending before the Supreme Court.
According to reports, Kavitha has delivered the materials requested by the investigation agency through her legal representation.
The ED had called her earlier this month to testify in the Delhi excise fraud on Thursday, saying that she was a crucial part of the south cartel.
The BRS leader had petitioned the Supreme Court for an emergency hearing, alleging that because she is a woman, she cannot be summoned to the ED office and that the probe agency’s agents must instead visit her.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear her appeal against the ED summons on March 24, but declined to provide her temporary relief.
The ED has learned that Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandra Pillai is one of the major figures in the alleged scheme involving massive kickback payments and the establishment of the South Group’s largest cartel.