Delhi Excise Policy: CBI arrests Hyderabad-based Chartered Accountant

New Delhi [India], February 8 (ANI): A Hyderabad-based Chartered Accountant named Butchibabu Gorantla was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case.

CBI informed in a statement on Wednesday, that the accused CA has been arrested for his alleged role in formulating and implementing the Delhi Excise Policy and causing wrongful gain to Hyderabad-based wholesale and retail licensees and their beneficial owners. The accused will be produced in the court today, CBI said.
The excise policy was passed in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Cabinet in the middle of the deadly Delta Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.

The Delhi government’s version is that the policy was formulated to ensure the generation of optimum revenue, and eradicate the sale of spurious liquor or non-duty paid liquor in Delhi, besides improving user experience.
The probe was done after taking into account a report forwarded by the Chief Secretary to Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommending a CBI investigation into the matter.

Following LG’s recommendation, the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police’s Economic Offence Wing (EOW) issued a notice to Delhi’s Excise Commissioner asking him to provide all documents relating to the award of liquor licenses under the new excise policy.

Last year in August, the CBI conducted a search operation at Sisodia’s bank locker in connection with Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 money laundering case, where according to him the CBI had found nothing.
Several raids were also conducted at 21 places in Delhi and the National Capital Region including the residence of Sisodia and the premises of four public servants last year, according to a CBI official. The official said that raids were conducted in locations across 7 states.