Manish Sisodia’s Close Aide Vijay Nair Arrested Hours After CBI Questioning

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Last Updated: September 27, 2022, 21:05 IST

File photo of businessman Vijay Nair. (Image: Huffington Post Twitter)

File photo of businessman Vijay Nair. (Image: Huffington Post Twitter)

While Nair is not associated with any political party, he reportedly served as a “part-time volunteer” for the AAP in 2019 as the party campaigned for the 2020 Delhi elections

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested Vijay Nair, a businessman and close aide of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in alleged connection with the Delhi excise policy scam case. According to CBI sources, his name appeared after his alleged role in “cartelisation” and “conspiracy with chosen licensees” related to alleged irregularities in the allocation of a liquor license in the national capital. He was arrested after “failing to co-operate” with interrogators.

Nair, who is a former CEO of Mumbai-based entertainment and event management company Only Much Louder, was called for questioning at CBI Headquarters today. He has close links with several stand-up comedians and companies related to them.

The CBI FIR has alleged that Sisodia’s associate Arjun Pandey had once collected about Rs 2-4 crore in cash from liquor businessman Sameer Mahendru on behalf of Nair.

While Nair is not associated with any political party, he reportedly served as a “part-time volunteer” for the AAP in 2019 as the party campaigned for the 2020 Delhi elections.

In August this year, Nair issued a statement wherein he refuted that he has fled the country and said he was abroad for “personal” work. In its FIR, the CBI has alleged that accused licensees and businessmen, including Nair, were actively involved in irregularities in the framing and implementation of the policy.

Notably, Sisodia is also an accused in the same Delhi excise policy scam case.

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