The Enforcement Directorate on Monday arrested businessman Vijay Nair in a case of alleged irregularities in the now-withdrawn Delhi liquor policy, reported NDTV.
Nair, who was in charge of the communication desk in the Aam Aadmi Party, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in September. The Enforcement Directorate on Monday took his custody from the Central Bureau of Investigation just ahead of his bail hearing.
Nair was arrested along with Hyderabad-based businessman Abhishek Boinpally, whose partner Arun Pillai has been named as an accused person in the first information report.
Unidentified officials from the Enforcement Directorate told PTI that the agency will seek Nair and Boinpally’s custody before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court.
Nair is a former chief executive officer of event management company Only Much Louder, and was the first one to have been arrested in the case. Fifteen persons, including Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, have been named as accused persons in the CBI’s first information report.
Under the policy, which was implemented in Delhi on November 17, licences of 849 liquor shops were issued to private firms through open bidding. However, on July 30, the Delhi government withdrew the policy after Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended an inquiry into it by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
On September 1, Delhi reverted to its…