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Liquor businessman Sameer Mahendru arrested

New Delhi. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested liquor baron Sameer Mahendru on Wednesday morning in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy. Official sources gave this information.

Mahendru Indospirits is the Managing Director of the company named. Sources said that after an overnight interrogation, Mahendru was taken into custody under criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PLA). The accused will be produced in a local court where the ED will request his remand.

A day earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested businessman Vijay Nair in this case. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is also an accused in the case of alleged irregularities in the implementation of the (now abolished) liquor policy.

Based on the FIR by the CBI, the ED has registered a case of money laundering and so far both the agencies have conducted several search operations in the matter.

The CBI FIR alleged that Sisodia’s alleged aide Arjun Pandey had taken Rs 2 to 4 crore from Mahendru on behalf of Nair. Nair is the former CEO of Only Much Louder, an entertainment company. (Language)

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