BRS's K Kavitha Arrested By CBI Inside Tihar Jail Over Liquor Policy Case

K Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, has been arrested in a money laundering case.

New Delhi:

Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha has been arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation inside Tihar Jail over an alleged money-laundering case linked to the Delhi liquor policy. The arrest comes days after the probe agency questioned her in jail, where she is in judicial custody.

K Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, has been accused of being a key member of the "South Group," which allegedly paid the ruling AAP in Delhi kickbacks of Rs 100 crore in return for a big share of liquor licences in the national capital. She was sent to 14-day judicial custody last Tuesday.

The 46-year-old had been arrested on March 15 by the Enforcement Directorate from her Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad.

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 Rs 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.