In an interview with India Today TV’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, BRS leader K Kavitha said the ED’s summons for her was a “diversionary tactic by the BJP”. She added that the BJP’s real target was her father, Telangana CM KCR.
By India Today News Desk: BRS leader K Kavitha said she being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate was “nothing but a diversionary tactic by the BJP”. In an interview with India Today TV’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, K Kavitha said the BJP’s real target was her father, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
“I have done nothing wrong. I have no connection with the (Delhi liquor policy) case or any allegations they are putting on me. And the primary point is- this is nothing but a diversionary tactic by the BJP. They target Opposition leaders, call them to ED (office), and then the whole media is around them for that day. Then nobody talks about price rises, or anything else [sic],” Kavitha said on Thursday.
K Kavitha will appear before the Enforcement Directorate on March 11 in connection with a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy that was brought in by the Aam Aadmi Party government.
Talking about the ED case, K Kavitha alleged excesses during interrogation by the financial probe agency.
“Did ED advertise so much before? What ED right now does is, they want media trial to happen before anything happens. And they specifically leak information to the media when they have nothing to prove. This entire episode started in August last year. They have done more than 500 raids and have found nothing. They have abused many people, beaten people, and made them forcefully say names. They have done a lot of things,” K Kavitha said in the interview.
The BRS leader denied any involvement in the Delhi liquor scam and said, “Till date, nobody knows what is the scam. Some BJP leaders said I paid Rs 100 crore to Manish Sisodia. (But) I have not met Manish Sisodia in my entire life, not even accidentally.”
“If you put a person inside an ED interrogation room for more than 30 days, you call them repeatedly, harass them repeatedly, making them say names and things- how am I responsible? Why am I in the middle of anything?” She questioned.
Denying any involvement in the matter, K Kavitha said that if the ED has proof, they can take whatever legal course that is available to them. “I have nothing to do with the case. Whatever has been extracted from anybody (during interrogation), if ED has any questions, I will answer them. If they have any proof, let them present it to me. Let them take the legal action, why put it in the media?” she said.
“The ED arrests one person and put remand report in the media. After one week, they arrest another person. Whenever Amit Shah comes to Hyderabad, one person will be arrested. Whenever Narendra Modi comes to Hyderabad, another person will be arrested. There is a targetted way in which the BJP system works to malign the Opposition candidate. One of them is me. But I am not the target. Their target is my father, KCR,” Kavitha said.
“They want to stop KCR. They don’t want him to go out of the state and campaign in the rest of the country. They want to stop him and they believe if they harass his party workers, harass me, then he will stop,” K Kavitha said.
But that is not going to happen as leaders in the nation are strong and will stand up to BJP’s tactics and will keep raising important issues, she said.