ED summons is Prime Minister’s summons: BRS’s Kavitha

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha asserted on Thursday that questioning by any central investigative agency is equivalent to being questioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kavitha — soon to be questioned in the alleged liquor policy scam in Delhi — said while the onus is on her to prove that she has done no wrong, “how can I fight the entire system”.

The central investigation agencies have alleged that Ms Kavitha is part of the liquor lobby they dubbed the “South cartel” that benefited from the kickbacks in the now withdrawn liquor policy of Delhi, over which Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia has been arrested.

She was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in December. Now the Enforcement Directorate has summoned her for questioning, which will take place on March 11.

“In India, there’s no difference between Enforcement Directorate summons and Modi’s summons… It is a practice now wherever there’s an election, before PM, the Enforcement Directorate comes. What can the Opposition do? Go to people’s court or the Supreme Court,” alleged the Bharat Rashtra Samithi MLC.

Kavitha had sought a deferment of the questioning which was expected to take place today, citing a protest meet she is attending in Delhi. The fresh date given was March 11.