ED moves court after Kejriwal skips fifth summon

Arvind Kejriwal: After skipping fifth summon by the Enforcement Directorate, the probe agency has moved to Rouse Avenue Court against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi liquor policy money laundering case.

The probe agency has filed an official complaint against Delhi CM for not complying with the summons issued by the agency.

The court heard some submissions on Saturday and the remaining submissions and consideration of the case will be heard on February 7.

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Kejriwal skips summons:

On Friday, ED had issued a fresh summon to Kejriwal, asking him to appear before the agency. Till now, Arvind Kejriwal has been summoned by the federal agency five times.

After being summoned five times, Aam Aadmi Party termed the summons of ED to the Delhi CM “unlawful.”

“Delhi CM and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal will not appear before ED today as well. We will comply with the lawful summons. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim is to arrest Arvind Kejriwal and topple the Delhi government. We will not allow this to happen,” the AAP said.

The fresh summons to the Delhi CM followed the fourth summons, which he had skipped on January 18.

Delhi CM has ignored four previous summons issued by the probe agency on January 18, January 3, November 2, and December 22, calling them “illegal and politically motivated.”

About case against Kejriwal:

The ED wants to take Kejriwal’s statement in the case on issues like the formulation of policy, meetings held before it was finalised, and allegations of bribery.

The case is based on a First Information Report (FIR) alleging multiple irregularities in the formation and implementation of the Delhi excise policy (2021-22) by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The policy was withdrawn after allegations of corruption.

In its sixth charge sheet filed in the case on December 2, 2023, naming AAP leader Sanjay Singh and his aide Sarvesh Mishra, the ED has claimed that the AAP used kickbacks worth Rs 45 crore generated via the policy as part of its assembly elections campaign in Goa in 2022.

Two key leaders of AAP, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, are already under judicial custody in the case. Sisodia, who was the then Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, was arrested by the CBI on February 26 following several rounds of questioning, and on October 5, the ED arrested Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha member.

(with ANI inputs)

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