Delhi alcohol scam: CBI makes first arrest and arrests businessman Vijay Nair

In a latest development in the alleged excise policy scam in Delhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made its first arrest on Tuesday, nabbing businessman Vijay Nair.

Sources told IANS that Nair had been arrested in Delhi and the CBI would now seek his remand.

Nair, the former CEO of Only Much Louder, an entertainment and event management company, and a prime suspect in the booze scam, had traveled to London. He returned to join the investigation and was placed under arrest.

The CBI alleged that Nair was actively involved in irregularities in the development and implementation of the excise policy for the year 2021-22.

Nair was reportedly an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteer and helped party leaders by organizing events and also managing their social media handles.

On behalf of Nair, Sameer Mahendru, director of Indospirits, reportedly paid around Rs 2-4 crore to Arjun Pandey, an associate of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

There are allegations that Arun Ramchandra Pillai, a resident of Kokapet in Hyderabad, used to collect improper pecuniary benefits from Mahendru for the onward transmission of money to accused officials via Nair.

–IANS

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