Bharat Express

AAP Urges Wait for Court Decision as Arvind Kejriwal Skips 6th ED Summons

Arvind Kejriwal’s reluctance to comply with the ED’s summons raises the possibility of him facing potential arrest.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to miss yet another summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the sixth time in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reiterated its position, labeling the summons as “illegal” and highlighting that the matter is currently subjudice.

In a recent statement, the AAP underscored that the ED itself has taken the matter to court. The party suggested that instead of repeatedly issuing summonses, the ED should await the court’s decision on the matter’s legality.

The ongoing legal confrontation between Mr. Kejriwal and the ED has intensified, with the probe agency persistently summoning the Delhi Chief Minister, who has consistently refused to comply. The latest summons comes following a directive from a Delhi court ordering Arvind Kejriwal to explain his non-compliance with previous summonses.

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Mr. Kejriwal’s refusal to appear before the ED raises the possibility of him being the first sitting chief minister to face arrest. The ED, investigating money laundering charges, is probing allegations related to the Delhi liquor excise policy. The case revolves around accusations that the AAP government’s revised alcohol sales policy enabled kickbacks from cartels, allegedly used to fund election expenses in various states, including Goa.

Although Mr. Kejriwal has not been directly implicated in the case, two senior AAP members, former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, have been arrested. The AAP vehemently denies all allegations, claiming that the BJP is orchestrating a campaign to target the party.