Sisodia changed 12 cellphones, ED alleges in charge sheet

As per the charge sheet, the ED is trying to ascertain whether the cellphones were changed by Sisodia to destroy digital evidence, sources said.
Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia
Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish SisodiaIANS

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which had earlier claimed that the accused involved in Delhi's excise policy case changed 140 cellphones in a bid to destroy digital evidence, said in its charge sheet filed on Saturday that Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia changed 12 cellphones.

As per the charge sheet, the ED is trying to ascertain whether the cellphones were changed by Sisodia to destroy digital evidence, sources said.

The ED charge sheet running over 3,000 pages names businessman Sameer Mahendru.

There are allegations that Arun Ramchandra Pillai, a resident of Kokapet in Hyderabad, used to collect undue pecuniary advantage from Mahendru for onward transmission to accused public servants through Vijay Nair.

The ED's case is based on an FIR filed by the CBI.

On Friday, the CBI filed its first charge sheet in the Delhi excise policy case naming seven accused persons -- Vijay Nair, Abhishek Boinpally, Sameer Mahendru, Arun Ramchandra Pillai, Mootha Gautham, and two public servants -- then Deputy Commissioner in the Excise Department, Kuldeep Singh, and then Assistant Commissioner in the Excise Department, Narender Singh.

The CBI charge sheet filed before the Rouse Avenue Court mentioned that further investigation to find out the possible involvement of more public servants and others is underway.

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