The Enforcement Directorate’s complaint was admitted by Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was summoned on February 17, 2024.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sued by ED Over Non-Attendance in Money Laundering Case
Kejriwal was sued by the ED in court for failing to appear at the central probe agency’s summons in the money laundering case related to the Delhi liquor policy.
The fifth time that Kejriwal has eschewed the Enforcement Directorate’s summons in relation to the money laundering investigation into irregularities in the Delhi excise policy 2021–22 case was on February 2. The fourth summons, which the Delhi Chief Minister had disregarded on January 18, was followed by the most recent one.
As they ignored the fifth summons, the party referred to it as “unlawful.”
The ED issued four summonses on January 18, January 3, November 2, and December 22. Kejriwal has so far disregarded them, claiming they were “illegal and politically motivated.”
Enforcement Directorate Seeks Arvind Kejriwal’s Statement on Delhi Excise Policy Amid Allegations of Irregularities
The ED claims that the agency wishes to document Kejriwal’s statement in the case regarding matters such as the creation of policy, meetings that took place prior to its finalization, and accusations made o.
The excise policy aimed to replace a sales-volume-based system with a license fee for traders and revive the city’s flagging liquor business. It promised better shopping experiences and swankier stores. For the first time, the policy offered discounts and promotions on the purchase of alcoholic beverages in Delhi.
The policy was abandoned as a result of Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena’s decision to launch an investigation into purported irregularities in the regime.
The AAP has claimed that Anil Baijal, Saxena’s predecessor, obstructed the transition with a few last-minute adjustments that led to lower-than-anticipated revenue.
Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, two prominent AAP leaders, are currently detained by the court in connection with the case. After multiple rounds of questioning, the CBI arrested Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi at the time, on February 26. The ED then arrested Rajya Sabha member Singh on October 5.