CBI made first arrest in alleged Delhi excise policy scam; Manish Sisodia’s aide Vijay Nair arrested

Sources said Nair was arrested for his alleged role in “cartelisation” and “conspiracy” related to alleged irregularities in the allocation of liquor licence in the national capital.

 

Staff Reporter

New Delhi

In the latest development in the alleged excise policy scam in Delhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested Deputy CM’s Manish Sisodia close aide and businessman Vijay Nair.

This is the first arrest by CBI after registering FIR against 16 accused including Sisodia in alleged Delhi excise scam. Vijay Nair was the accused number five in the FIR.

Nair, the former CEO of Only Much Louder, an entertainment and event management firm, and one of the prime suspects in the liquor scam, had gone to London. He returned to join the probe and was placed under arrest.

Sources said Nair was arrested for his alleged role in “cartelisation” and “conspiracy” related to alleged irregularities in the allocation of liquor licence in the national capital.

The FIR has alleged that Arjun Pandey, an associate of Sisodia, had once collected about Rs 2-4 crore in cash from liquor businessman Sameer Mahendru on behalf of Nair, former CEO of Only Much Louder, an entertainment and event management company

Nair was arrested from Delhi and now the CBI will seek his custodial remand.

The CBI has alleged that Nair was actively involved in the irregularities in framing and implementing the excise policy for the year 2021-22.

He has been raided by the ED as well. Sources said that he was one of the prime key conspirators in the excise policy case.

Earlier, the CBI on August 21 issued a Look Out Circular (LOC) against eight private persons named as accused in the Delhi liquor policy scam case. This included businessman Vijay Nair who the probe agency said was missing during the raids it conducted on August 19.

Vijay Nair later clarified that he did not flee from the country and he was abroad for some weeks due to personal work. He added that he was in touch with the CBI and would cooperate with its officials.

The Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson Akshay Marathe, reacting to the arrest, tweeted, “ Vijay Nair has been AAP’s communication in charge for some years. He is being framed in the fake liquor scam to scuttle AAP’s communications efforts. Not only is this a clear vendetta, but an attempt to rig the game against AAP in Gujarat since he was devising a strategy.”

Nair was reportedly a volunteer of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and allegedly helped party leaders by organising events and also managed their social media handles.

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