Updated December 18th, 2023 at 19:27 IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal summoned in Liquorgate scam
He was asked to appear before the agency on December 21.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has sent fresh summon to Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal in liquor policy scam on Monday. He was asked to appear before the agency on December 21. This is not the first time, the Chief Minister was also summoned by the Enforcement Directorate on November 2 for questioning in a money laundering case linked to alleged Delhi excise policy case. However, he did not depose alleging that the notice was "vague, motivated and unsustainable in law".
The controversy revolves around the 2021-22 excise policy of the Delhi government, accused of fostering cartelisation and showing favoritism towards specific liquor traders purportedly involved in bribery. The AAP has vehemently denied these allegations, consistently refuting claims of any misconduct in the policy's implementation.
Following the policy's annulment and a recommendation from the Delhi lieutenant governor for a CBI inquiry, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case under the PMLA. Notably, it was disclosed by Delhi government officials that Kejriwal is set to embark on a 10-day Vipassana meditation course commencing on December 19 at an undisclosed location. Earlier in the excise policy case, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh had faced arrest, marking a contentious development in the ongoing investigation.
Published December 18th, 2023 at 18:02 IST