New Delhi: Gautam Malhotra has been arrested today in the Delhi Excise Case. The ED has arrested Punjab-based businessman Gautam Malhotra in connection with a money laundering case linked to “irregularities” in Delhi’s excise policy, an official said.

Gautam Malhotra is the son of former SAD MLA Deepak Malhotra, director of a liquor giant Oasis Group. He is also accused of playing a role in cartelization, besides transferring illegal money and proceeds of crime.

A day earlier, a chartered accountant, who had earlier worked with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha, has been arrested by the CBI in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI have claimed that irregularities were committed while revising Delhi’s excise policy by colluding and bribing a lobby known as ‘South Group’.

The CBI said K Kavitha’s former auditor Buchi Babu represented ‘South Group’ in the case. He was arrested on Tuesday evening for not cooperating and his response was found to be evasive, the agency said.

The CBI has alleged that Babu’s role in formulation and implementation of the scrapped Delhi Excise Policy had unfairly benefited Hyderabad-based wholesale and retail licensees and their beneficiary owners.

Earlier, K Kavitha was questioned by a CBI team in Hyderabad for over seven hours on December 12 in connection with the case.

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