Liquor scam: AAP used kickbacks to fund its Goa poll campaign, ED alleges in chargesheet
New Delhi/IBNS: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday said Aam Admi Party (AAP) used the proceeds of the alleged liquor case in funding its campaign in the Goa Assembly polls, media reports said.
In a chargesheet filed in the case, the ED said the probe into the trails of the kickbacks has so far revealed that these funds were used in the election campaign of the AAP.
The Goa Assembly elections were held in 2022 in which the AAP won two seats.
The central investigating agency said the cash payments amounting to almost Rs 70 lakh were made to the volunteers who were part of AAP's survey teams, India Today reported.
Further, the ED said AAP's communications in-charge Vijay Nair "told certain persons involved in the campaign-related work to receive the payments in cash".
Vijay Nair received kickbacks to the tune of Rs 100 crore, on behalf of AAP, from a group comprising of YSRCP MP Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, his son Raghav Magunta, Aurobindo Pharma director P Sarath Chandra Reddy, Telangana CM KCR's daughter Kavitha Kalvakuntla, the report said.
The transfer of the said money was facilitated by Hyderabad-based businessman Abhishek Boinpally in conspiracy with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's aide Dinesh Arora, said the central agency.
The ED filed a supplementary chargesheet in the case, naming AAP's Vijay Nair, businessmen Sarath Reddy, Binoy Babu, Abhishek Boinpally and Amit Arora. However, it did not include Manish Sisodia's name.
The agency produced the chargesheet before Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday.
The ED told the court that further probe is going on in the matter.
AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has said ED’s allegations are “completely fictional”.