New Delhi, February 7: The Delhi Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to appear before it on February 17 in a money laundering case related to the Delhi liquor policy.
The Delhi Rouse Avenue Court addressed the complaint lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Arvind Kejriwal for failing to adhere to the summons related to the ongoing investigation into the Delhi liquor policy case.
Kejriwal had been summoned five times by the ED, with directives to participate in the probe issued on November 2, December 22, January 3, January 18, and February 2.
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Notably, Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, is currently under scrutiny for repeatedly evading five summonses from the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating allegations of money laundering connected to the Delhi liquor case. The Aam Aadmi Party has stated that they are examining the court order and will respond in accordance with the law, asserting that they will challenge the legality of the summons.
The Enforcement Directorate filed a fresh complaint against Arvind Kejriwal, emphasising that as a public servant, he could not disregard orders from a government agency. Kejriwal ignored the fifth summons on February 2, and also skipped summons on January 19, November 2, December 21, and January 31. He previously justified his non-compliance by deeming the agency’s notices illegal, alleging that they were acting under the directives of the BJP-led Central Government to target political rivals ahead of the Lok Sabha election.
The allegations revolve around the AAP government’s modified alcohol sales policy, with claims that it facilitated kickbacks from cartels, channeling funds into election expenses in various states. Both the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI assert that the policy allowed for cartelisation and favoured specific dealers who allegedly paid bribes for liquor sale licenses. The AAP vehemently denies all charges, pointing to increased revenue and accusing the BJP of orchestrating the central agency’s actions to target them.