Watch video: BRS leaders and KTR's alleged intimidation of ED sparks outrage

In the video, BRS leaders KTR can be arguing with Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials while arresting party leader K Kavitha.

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A video circulating on social media has ignited controversy as it shows leaders from the BRS party and KTR Rao, son of KCR, allegedly intimidating Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials while detaining party leader K Kavitha at her residence.

The ED took action on Friday by arresting K Kavitha in Hyderabad. Several media reports disclosed that she is being transported to Delhi for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe related to the Delhi excise policy scam case. Former Telangana minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, a leader of the BRS party, confirmed Kavitha's arrest.

ED conducts raid at Kavitha's residence

Earlier in the day, the ED conducted a raid at Kavitha's residence before her arrest. Over the past year, she had been questioned three times regarding this case, with her statements recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Notably, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also interrogated Kavitha regarding this matter. The ED initiated a money laundering case based on the FIR filed by the CBI.

The arrest order issued indicates that the agency has substantial grounds to suspect Kavitha's involvement in an offense punishable under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

The Enforcement Directorate alleges that Kavitha was part of a 'South Group' lobby of liquor traders aiming to influence the now-defunct Delhi excise policy for 2021-22. The ED had previously revealed that the South Group allegedly provided kickbacks amounting to Rs 100 crore to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders.