Manish Sisodia changed 12 cellphones, ED alleges in charge sheet

New Delhi. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its charge sheet filed on Saturday said that Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia changed 12 cellphones. Earlier, the ED had alleged that the accused involved in the Delhi Excise Policy case had exchanged 140 cellphones to destroy digital evidence. Sources said that according to the chargesheet, the ED is trying to ascertain whether Sisodia had swapped cellphones to destroy digital evidence. Businessman Sameer Mahendru has been named in the ED’s 3,000-page charge sheet. There are allegations that through Arun Ramachandra Pillai Vijay Nair, a resident of Kokapet in Hyderabad, he used to collect undue pecuniary advantage from Mahendru to further forward the accused public servants.

The ED case is based on an FIR filed by the CBI. The CBI on Friday filed its first chargesheet in the Delhi Excise Policy case, naming seven accused persons – Vijay Nair, Abhishek Boinpally, Sameer Mahendru, Arun Ramachandra Pillai, Mutha Gautam, and two public servants, the then Deputy Commissioner in the Excise Department, Kuldeep Singh and the then In the Excise Department, Assistant Commissioner Narendra Singh has been nominated. The CBI charge sheet filed before the Rouse Avenue Court mentions that further investigation is underway to unearth the possible involvement of more public servants and others.

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