The Law Enforcement Directorate raids residences of Punjab excise officers

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The Probe Agency raided the residences of the Punjab Excise Commissioner and a co-commissioner.

Chandīgarh:

A team of law enforcement officials raided the residences of the Punjab excise commissioner and a co-commissioner on Tuesday, sources said.

However, it was not possible to determine in which cases these raids were carried out.

ED detectives conducted searches at the residence of IAS Officer and Punjab Excise Commissioner Varun Roojam in Sector 20 here and that of Co-Commissioner (Excise) Naresh Dubey in Panchkula in Haryana.

Both Roojam and Dubey are said to have worked on the development of the Punjab excise policy which was implemented from July. The Aam Aadmi party formed the government of Punjab in March this year.

Roojam and Dubey could not immediately be contacted.

The development comes days after raids by the CBI at the premises of Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, over alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

In July, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommended a CBI investigation into alleged irregularities in the implementation of Excise Policy 2021-22. Following this, the AAP-led Delhi government withdrew the new liquor policy.

Opposition parties in Punjab had also demanded an investigation by the CBI and the ED, alleging a scam in the state’s excise policy.

Opposition leaders had alleged that the state’s excise policy was a “replica” of Delhi’s policy and was “tailor-made” to select a few contractors.

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