ED summons AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak in connection with Delhi liquor policy scam

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Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned senior Aam Adami Party (AAP) leader and Rajinder Nagar MLA Durgesh Pathak in the Delhi excise policy case.

The central agencies are probing the Delhi excise policy case on the recommendation of Lt Governor VK Saxena, following which the CBI raided Manish Sisodia’s house earlier in August. Mr Saxena had claimed that Mr Sisodia also extended financial favours to the liquor licensees much after the tenders had been awarded and thus caused huge losses to the exchequer.

Mr Sisodia is among 15 others booked in an FIR filed by the CBI. Excise officials, liquor company executives, dealers, some unknown public servants and private persons have been booked in the case.

It was alleged that irregularities were committed including modifications in the excise policy and undue favours were extended to the license holders including waiver or reduction in licence fee.

The excise policy was passed in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Cabinet in the middle of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.