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Delhi Minister Summoned in Money Laundering Probe

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New Delhi : Days after the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, a probe agency is now questioning Kailash Gahlot, a minister in the Delhi government and a leader of the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party), in connection with an alleged case of money laundering related to the liquor policy in Delhi. Currently serving as the Minister for Home, Transport, and Law, Mr. Gahlot has already reported to the probe agency’s office.

This development follows closely on the heels of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s recent arrest in the same case.

According to sources from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Kailash Gahlot has been summoned for interrogation and to provide his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The case revolves around accusations of corruption and money laundering in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi government’s excise policy for the fiscal year 2021-22, which was subsequently annulled.

The ED alleges that this policy offered unreasonably high profit margins, with retailers allegedly gaining nearly 185% and wholesalers 12%. A portion of these gains, particularly over ₹600 crore, purportedly came from bribes and was allegedly diverted to finance election campaigns in Goa and Punjab, according to the agency.

It is further alleged that a group associated with this scheme provided kickbacks worth ₹100 crore to the AAP and its leaders.

Additionally, the ED has claimed in its chargesheet that Mr. Gahlot operated a single SIM card but changed its IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number three times.

Three prominent AAP leaders, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, have been apprehended in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. The other two individuals are Aam aadmi party MP Sanjay Singh and former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

In addition to these individuals, K Kavitha, a leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) and daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, is also currently

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