July 16, 2024

Kejriwal tells ED to immediately withdraw notice sent by BJP

Kejriwal told ED that it should take back this notice as it is politically motivated.

Kejriwal has alleged that the ED, an investigative agency, is being manipulated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to target his party.

Kejriwal has alleged that the ED, an investigative agency, is being manipulated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to target his party.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chose to skip the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) summons on November 1, 2023, regarding the Delhi excise policy case, opting instead to focus on campaigning in Madhya Pradesh ahead of the Assembly polls.

Kejriwal told ED that it should take back this notice as it is politically motivated. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defended Kejriwal’s decision, asserting his right to engage in electioneering activities.

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Kejriwal has alleged that the ED, an investigative agency, is being manipulated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to target his party, the AAP. He contends that the summons is politically motivated and has declared his unwillingness to cooperate with the investigation.

The ED’s summons to Kejriwal pertains to purported irregularities in the Delhi government’s new liquor policy, with the agency claiming that the policy was devised to favor select private companies. The course of action the ED will pursue in response to Kejriwal’s absence from the summons remains uncertain, as they may choose to issue a fresh summons or even contemplate his arrest.

In a parallel development, the Supreme Court denied bail to former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the same excise policy case. Sisodia, a prominent figure within the AAP and a close associate of Kejriwal, faces charges of corruption and money laundering in connection with alleged discrepancies in the formulation and execution of the now-defunct liquor policy in the national capital.

Another senior AAP leader, Sanjay Singh, is presently incarcerated. Singh was apprehended by the Enforcement Directorate on October 4, 2023, in connection with the Delhi excise policy case, and subsequently remanded to 14 days of judicial custody on October 13, 2023. The ED contends that Singh was involved in money laundering and financial improprieties related to the creation and execution of the Delhi government’s new liquor policy. Singh vigorously refutes these allegations, asserting that he is a victim of political targeting orchestrated by the BJP.

The BJP has refuted these claims, asserting that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED are acting independently in their investigative activities.

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