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Kejriwal requests the “immediate” withdrawal of notice and skips today’s ED summons

Arvind Kejriwal has decided not to attend in person before the ED today, citing in his response to the federal agency that the summons he received was unlawful, politically motivated, and sent at the BJP’s behest.

Kejriwal is anticipated to depart his home soon in order to campaign in Singrauli, a town that is headed for elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been summoned to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today to answer questions regarding the purported Delhi excise policy scam. Manish Sisodia, a former minister of the party and party colleague, is currently detained in connection with this case.

Arvind Kejriwal’s anticipated arrival caused security outside the ED headquarters to intensify, however it is evident from his response to the investigation agency that he would not be attending the summons today.

In his response to the ED, Kejriwal said that the notice was unlawful and politically motivated, and that the BJP had requested it be issued in order to prevent him from campaigning in four states.

ED should “immediately withdraw the notice,” according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

As the National Convener of the AAP and a prominent campaigner, I am obligated to travel for the purpose of campaigning and offering political counsel to my AAP field workers. As the chief minister of Delhi, I have official and governance responsibilities that need my attendance, especially with Diwali approaching.In his letter, Kejriwal said, “Please remember the abovementioned summons, which is, to put it mildly, ambiguous, motivated, and unsustainable in law.

The excise policy in issue was put into effect by the Delhi administration on November 17, 2021, however it was abandoned by the end of September 2022 due to accusations of corruption. Investigating authorities claim that under the new regulation, wholesalers’ profit margins jumped from five to twelve percent.

Agencies have claimed that the new policy led to cartelization and that people who weren’t eligible for liquor licenses were given financial advantages; however, Manish Sisodia and the AAP-led Delhi government have denied any wrongdoing, arguing that the new policy would have increased Delhi’s revenue share.

 

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