AAPs Sanjay Singh accuses Centre of political vendetta after ED raids on aides

AAP's Sanjay Singh accuses Centre of political vendetta after ED raids on aides

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday (May 24) conducted fresh searches on premises owned by associates of AAP MP Sanjay Singh in connection with its probe into the money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the Delhi liquor policy matter, official sources said.

Posting a video message on Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said two of his associates are also being raided by the federal agency.

Sanjay Singh denied any wrongdoing and accused the central government of political vendetta.

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In another tweet, he accused the ED of resorting to intimidation when it was unable to implicate him.

“Modi’s intimidation has reached its limit. I am fighting against the dictatorship of Modi. I have exposed ED’s fake raids before the whole country. ED also accepted its fault. But when it couldn’t find anything against me, it raided my associates Ajit Tyagi and Sarvesh Mishra. Sarvesh’s father is a cancer patient. This is the highest level of crime. No matter how much atrocities you inflict on us, we will continue to fight against you,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Sources said about four to five entities were being covered under the searches being undertaken under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They said the ED was conducting searches in several locations, including the residences and offices of Ajit Tyagi, a close associate of Sanjay Singh, and other businessmen and contractors who allegedly benefited from the policy.

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It is alleged by the ED and the CBI that the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22 to grant licences to liquor traders allowed cartelisation and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it, a charge strongly refuted by the AAP.

The policy was subsequently scrapped and the Delhi lieutenant governor recommended a CBI probe, following which the ED registered a case under the PMLA.

(With inputs from agencies)

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