Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Sunday, 11 December, interrogated Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha for several hours at her Banjara Hills residence in connection with the Delhi liquor scam case.
The officials began quizzing the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister and BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao about the case at about 11 am.
They continued the exercise for more than seven and a half hours, leaving her residence at about 6.30 pm.
At about 7.30 pm, she came out and waved at her supporters, who had gathered in large numbers in an expression of solidarity with her.
Wearing a wide grin on her face, the BRS leader walked through the crowd, shaking hands with them. She then got into a car and drove to Pragati Bhavan to hold discussions with her father.
Her admirers rent the air with “Jai Kavithakka” slogans for more than 10 minutes as the car weaved through the crowd and finally left her residence.
She did not speak to the reporters gathered at her home.
CBI treats Kavitha as witness
Though it is not known what questions the CBI asked Kavitha and what her replies were, it is presumed that they were related to what she knew about the liquor scam.
The CBI officials are said to have questioned her as a witness under Section 161 of the CrPC (recording of the statement of the witness) after issuing a notice to her under Section 160 of the CrPC.
As many as six officers, including women, sought answers to what Kavitha knew about the alleged scam.
These questions were posed to her apparently because her name appeared in the remand report the Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted to the Rouse Avenue District Court in Delhi while producing one of the accused in the case, Amit Arora, on 29 November.
The ED claimed in its report that the “South Group” — controlled by Sharath Reddy, K Kavitha, and Magunta Srinivasul Reddy — paid ₹100 crore in kickbacks to Vijay Nair, who acted on behalf of leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in power in the Delhi Assembly.
The ED said Arora himself had disclosed these details in his statement.
The directorate also claimed in its report that the “accused/suspects” used several phone numbers and phones, and later destroyed them apparently to obliterate the data on them.
It said Kavitha used two phone numbers on 10 phones and destroyed them later.
Done with Kavitha for the time being?
The CBI officials were very careful in recording her statement as they had issued a notice under Section 160 of the CrPC.
The officials who arrived in two teams a few minutes before the appointed hour of 11 am. immediately got down to business.
According to sources, the CBI said on Sunday it was done with Kavitha for the time being. If it needed any additional information, it would send another notice to her.
A heavy police force was posted at Kavitha’s residence since morning.
As the MLC requested her supporters and admirers not to gather at her house, the road remained deserted throughout the day.
The police did not allow anyone except those whose houses are located on the street.
Kavitha was prepared for questioning by the CBI by taking the advice of her father on Saturday night after the Telangana Cabinet meeting.
KCR consulted legal experts and apparently told Kavitha to remain unfazed during the recording of her statement.