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Delhi HC Directed ED & CBI to Submit on Record Case-Related Press Communication Related to Delhi Liquor ‘Scam’

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Savvy Thakur

Published on: 14 November 2022 at 19:43 IST

The Delhi High Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to record all press releases and public announcements regarding the ongoing investigation into the Delhi liquor scam.

While hearing a plea from the accused Vijay Nair, the former CEO of an AAP-affiliated event management company, Justice Yashwant Varma issued the order claiming that the investigation agencies had leaked sensitive information to the media.

Nair, representative of accused in this matter contended that his rights as an accused in the case were violated by the alleged leak to the media.

The court has asked for responses of both CBI and ED, while listing the matter for next hearing on November 21.

The court stated that it would take into consideration the public communications issued by both of the investigation agencies before deciding whether the media reported based on the communications or “out of their figment of imagination.”

For now, Nair has been detained under judicial custody. He was earlier arrested by the CBI. Now, the ED claims he has a connection to the CBI money laundering case. 

According to the CBI’s FIR, Nair is accused of participating in a criminal conspiracy with other individuals regarding the excise policy of the Delhi Government for 2021 and 2022.

The FIR names Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia as one of the accused, among various others.