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Enforcement Directorate issues seventh summons to Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi liquor scam

Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the chief minister of Delhi, was called before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday. The ED was referring him to them over money laundering in relation to the excise policy issue.

Kejriwal has been invited to testify before the investigative agency on February 26. After the Delhi CM ignored the first six summonses filed against him, this is the seventh summons issued against him.

On February 19, Kejriwal skipped the sixth summons and said the investigation agency should wait as the case is now before the court.

The Enforcement Directorate came before the court on its own. The party said that the ED should wait for the court’s ruling rather than issuing summonses again.

The Delhi court received a complaint from the central inquiry agency against Kejriwal, alleging his frequent refusal to appear at the summonses.

Kejriwal was called by the judge to appear in court on February 17. He did not, however, appear, citing the assembly’s no-confidence motion process. On March 16, the court gave him permission to make a bodily appearance.

The investigation agency had sent out the previous five summonses on February 14, February 2, January 18, January 3, December 22, 2023, and November 2, 2023.

In the Delhi Excise Policy 2021–22 case, the Enforcement Directorate want to record Kejriwal’s statement about matters such as policy development, meetings that occurred before to the policy’s finalization, and claims of bribery.

Kejriwal has insisted that the investigation agency’s activities are “illegal,” saying that he is prepared to assist but that the agency’s goal was to arrest him in order to prevent him from participating in election campaigns. Additionally, the AAP claims that the central agency is attempting to harm the party by using its agencies.

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