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High drama at KCR's residence in Delhi as Kavitha gives ED cold shoulder

DECCAN CHRONICLE | L. Venkat Ram Reddy

Published on: March 16, 2023 | Updated on: March 16, 2023

Security personnel stationed outside ED office ahead of BRS leader K. Kavitha's questioning in connection with the Delhi excise case on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s Delhi residence witnessed much political hullabaloo on Thursday as BRS leaders and workers and Bharat Jagruthi activists raised slogans when paramilitary forces and police deployed large contingents. But, the end was anti-climatic as BRS MLC K. Kavitha did not emerge, sending back a vehicle sent by the Enforcement Directorate to escort her to its office for questioning, empty.

Kavitha was supposed to address a press meet at 10 am at the residence, before leaving for the ED office. Party leaders, workers and media personnel gathered outside the residence in large numbers from 9 am. They waited for three hours, till noon, but dispersed after it emerged that Kavitha was giving the ED summons a miss for the day.

In the morning, party workers and supporters started raising slogans of "Jai Kavithakka" as paramilitary deployment started, triggering speculation that Kavitha may be arrested.

Those in wait were expecting Kavitha to leave for the ED office at any time and heaved a sigh of relief on seeing the police escort vehicle and another car sent by the ED leaving the premises without Kavitha.

It was also speculated that Kavitha was unwell and could not attend the ED summons, but it later turned out that she had sought a fresh date for questioning, given that the Supreme Court would hear her plea against the summons on March 24.

Ministers K.T. Rama Rao, T. Harish Rao, P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, Satyavathi Rathod, Errabelli Dayakar Rao and V. Srinivas Goud— who were in Delhi since Wednesday night to lend moral support to Kavitha — returned to Hyderabad on Thursday.

Kavitha, however, continued to stay put in Delhi and was reportedly holding meetings with legal experts on how to deal with ED, which issued another summons, asking her to appear for questioning on March 20.