The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday had filed a money laundering case against Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in Delhi Excise Policy case, however, the central probe agency's top official later denied the case against the AAP leader.
The earlier report was flashed by ANI after Additional Director of ED, Sonia Narang confirmed about opening up of money laundering case against Sisodia.
On August 19, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched Sisodia's home and carried out raids at several places in connection with the alleged corruption in the implementation of Delhi's excise policy.
The CBI had registered the FIR in connection with the alleged irregularities in formulation and execution of the Delhi Excise Policy brought in November last year.
During the search operation, the CBI teams reached 21 locations, including the premises of four public servants including Sisodia and former Excise Commissioner Krishna, a 2012-batch IAS officer from the AGMUT cadre.
Reacting to the raids, Sisodia said the CBI is welcome and asserted that the truth will come out.
In a series of tweets, he said these people are troubled because of the excellent work done by the Delhi Government in health and education sectors.
That is why ministers of both departments are "targeted" to stop us from good work in health and education sectors, he said.
"The allegations against both of us are lies. Truth will come out in court," he said.
According to the Delhi excise policy, producers, retailers and distributors of liquor cannot be the same. Also, there cannot be common directors or shareholders in different companies bidding for licenses, BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi said at a press conference.
On October 25, 2021, the Delhi excise department had brought some cases of common producers, retailers and distributors to the notice of the government, but it did not act on it, he claimed.