ED opposes Kavitha’s bail plea, says release to affect probe to unearth conspiracy

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday opposed in the Delhi High Court the bail plea of BRS leader K Kavitha in a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy scam, saying her release would adversely affect further investigation to unearth the “deep-rooted, multi-layered conspiracy”.

The ED, in its reply to Kavitha’s bail plea, contended that the Telangana lawmaker is a “highly influential” individual and stands accused of having committed a grave economic offence. She has the potential to tamper with evidence and influence witnesses, it said.

“K Kavitha has conspired with other people and actively involved in payment of kickbacks to the tune of Rs 100 crore and then in establishing the money laundering ecosystem, that is, M/s Indo Spirits through her proxy which generated proceeds of crime of Rs 192.8 crore. By such acts, K Kavitha is involved in various processes and activities relating to proceeds of crime (POC) to the tune of Rs 292.8 crore,” the probe agency said in its counter affidavit.