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Following raids on Manish Sisodia’s personal assistant last week, the Enforcement Directorate arrested a Hyderabad businessman on Thursday in the Delhi alcohol policy case.

Munish Chandra Pandey

Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 10, 2022 10:17 AM IST

Sarath Chandra Reddy is the general manager of Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma.

By Munish Chandra Pandey: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested businessmen Sarath Chandra Reddy and Binoy Babu of the liquor firm Pernod Ricard in a Delhi scam. Reddy is the general manager of Aurbindo pharma.

Sources told India Today that Sarath Reddy was arrested based on the evidence against him. He claimed to have close ties with some politicians in Delhi who belong to the Aam Aadmi party.

According to the company’s official website, Sarath Reddy is a Business Administration graduate and a second-generation entrepreneur and belongs to the promoter group. Sarath Reddy is not only affiliated with Aurobindo Pharma, but also has ties to more than a dozen companies.

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Meanwhile, sources said Binoy Babu would be linked with the other accused in Delhi’s excise tax policy. He would not cooperate during the investigation, after which the officers arrested him.

Both accused will be brought before a court in Delhi for custody in this case.

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This development comes days after the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Dinesh Arora, the assistant to Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, agreed to become a government approver in the drink policy case.

The ED investigation agency has so far conducted several raids and arrested three people in the case. In September, it arrested Sameer Mahandru, director of a beverage production company called Indospirit.

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The money laundering case stems from a CBI FIR that, among other things, had named Manish Sisodia as a suspect. The CBI had raided the premises of Sisodia and some government bureaucrats in Delhi after filing the case.


On Saturday, the ED questioned Manish Sisodia’s personal assistant in connection with the money laundering investigation into alleged irregularities in the now abolished excise tax policy. Sisodia claimed in a tweet that the investigative agencies pushed a “false” case against him and that the ED raided his PA’s home and “arrested” him.

The excise scheme came under scrutiny after the Delhi LG VK Saxena recommended a CBI investigation into the alleged irregularities in the implementation of Delhi’s 2021-22 excise tax policy. The LG had also suspended 11 excise officials.

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