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BRS’s K Kavitha Arrested By CBI Inside Tihar Jail

The Central Bureau of Investigation has detained K Kavitha, the head of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), inside Tihar Jail on suspicion of money laundering in connection with the Delhi liquor policy. Days after the investigative agency questioned her in jail, where she is being held in judicial custody, she was arrested.

The daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, K Kavitha, is facing allegations of being a prominent member of the “South Group,” which is said to have given the governing AAP in Delhi ₹ 100 crore in bribes in exchange for a significant portion of the liquor licences in the capital. Last Tuesday, she was placed into judicial custody for 14 days.

The Enforcement Directorate had taken the 46-year-old into custody from her Hyderabad residence in Banjara Hills on March 15.

CBI officials had recently questioned Kavitha inside the prison after obtaining permission from a special court. The BRS leader was questioned about the WhatsApp chats recovered from co-accused Buchi Babu’s phone and documents related to a land deal, after which an amount of ₹ 100 crore was allegedly paid to the AAP in kickbacks to swing the excise policy for the national capital in favour of a liquor lobby.

The CBI officials had gone to Tihar Jail on Saturday to question Kavitha on these aspects of the case.

Ms Kavitha, in a letter to the court, said that the investigation by central agencies – which she called a “media trial” – has hit her reputation and invaded her privacy.

“I’m a victim. My personal and political reputation has been targeted. My mobile phone is displayed on all television channels, directly invading my privacy,” she said in the letter which was read out in the court by her lawyer.

“I have cooperated with the agencies and given all the bank account details. I will hand over all the mobile phones which the ED claim that I have destroyed,” the letter said.

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(Source: NDTV)

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