‘BRS leader Kavitha gave evasive replies’: What CBI told Delhi court | India News

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NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Monday extended the judicial custody of BRS leader K Kavitha until April 23 in connection with the excise policy case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) informed the court that Kavitha deliberately did not cooperate with the investigation and provided evasive responses contradicting the evidence on record.
“In the light of aforesaid facts and circumstances, her further custodial interrogation is not required at this stage. As already submitted in the foregoing paras she is deliberately and intentionally evading the just and relevant questions related to the case,” CBI said the court.
Kavitha, the daughter of the former Telangana CM K Chandrasekar Rao, was presented before the court following the expiration of her three-day custody on Monday.
According to the CBI, Kavitha failed to explain the transfer of Rs 14 crore from the company of P Sarath Chandra Reddy, who has now turned an approver in the liquor policy case.
The investigation agency also mentioned her lack of clarity regarding her interactions with Vijay Nair, an accused in the case, and YSRCP MP Magunta Srinivasula Reddy.
Kavitha’s responses regarding accused Butchibabu Gorantla transferring money to her were also deemed unsatisfactory by the CBI.
The CBI said that it does not require further custodial interrogation at this stage but pointed to the possibility of interference as Kavitha was a prominent politician.
The agency expressed concerns that she might interfere with witnesses, tamper with evidence, or obstruct the ongoing investigation.
Some crucial witnesses are yet to be examined and documents and digital evidence are yet to be collected, according to the CBI
Earlier on April 12, the CBI had alleged before Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court that Kavitha’s involvement in a conspiracy to secure a Rs 100 crore kickback from a liquor baron had surfaced during the probe.
The CBI remand application stated that “Kavitha Kalvakuntla was required to be arrested in the instant case to conduct her custodial interrogation for confronting her with the evidence and witnesses to unearth the larger conspiracy hatched among the accused and suspect persons regarding the formulation and implementation of the Excise Policy, as well as to establish the money trail of ill-gotten money generated and to establish the role of other accused/suspect persons, including public servants, as well as to unearth the facts which are in her exclusive knowledge.”
Meanwhile after the custody was extended, Kavitha moved a Delhi court seeking bail in the corruption case lodged by the CBI.
( with input from agencies)

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