Delhi booze scam: JetSetGo claims its plane is not used to carry cash or booze
JetSetGo owner Kanika Tekriwal Reddy said on Saturday his planes were not used to transport cash or alcohol, amid reports that the chartered flight service provider’s planes were involved in the alleged Delhi liquor scam.
Reddy is the wife of Sarath Chandra Reddy, a director of Aurobindo Pharma who is now in the custody of the Directorate of Law Enforcement for her alleged involvement in the scam. Sarath Chandra Reddy is said to be one of the go-betweens for bribes given to Delhi government officials and politicians.
“I strongly condemn these reports which have made baseless allegations of the use of our company’s aircraft in the alcohol scam,” Kanika said in a statement on Saturday.
She also claimed her husband was innocent and there was no evidence of his involvement.
According to reports, the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) has asked the company to provide details of its fleet’s flights over the past few months as it suspects an airborne money transfer.
JetSetGo Aviation Services Private Limited (JetSetGo) also said its senior management and board are aware of recent media coverage and speculation regarding the use of the company’s flight services.
“While recent hearsay-based speculation is completely unwarranted and baseless, we are happy to answer any legitimate questions regarding JetSetGo’s operations,” the statement read.
The CBI and ED are investigating whether the Delhi government’s excise policy, which has now been scrapped, was designed to provide undue and illegal favors to liquor manufacturers and distributors at the expense of the public purse.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR against the accused as well as some officials and agents of the Excise Department, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others involved in the case.