Delhi CM Kejriwal Faces Fifth Summons from ED in Ongoing Delhi Excise Policy Investigation

National Desk, 31st January: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been served a fifth summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31, 2024. This is part of an ongoing probe into alleged irregularities related to the Delhi excise policy.

The ED has mandated Kejriwal to present himself before the agency on February 2, 2024, following his non-compliance with four previous summonses, including those on November 2, December 21, 2023, and January 18, 2024.

The investigation delves into claims that the AAP utilized “proceeds of crime” amounting to around Rs 45 crore in its Goa election campaign. Chargesheets reveal Kejriwal’s name multiple times, and the Supreme Court has tentatively accepted allegations that a portion of Rs 338 crore in bribes from the Delhi liquor ‘scam’ supported AAP’s campaign in the Goa elections.

Despite citing various reasons, such as Rajya Sabha polls and Republic Day preparations, for missing previous summonses, Kejriwal faces the AAP’s suggestion that these summonses aim at his arrest. Kejriwal, in turn, criticizes the ED for not acknowledging his detailed submissions and adopting a non-disclosure approach.

As events unfold, Kejriwal can seek anticipatory bail to avoid potential arrest, and the AAP explores legal options. The ED may issue another notice or take legal action to ensure Kejriwal’s appearance for questioning.

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