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Arvind Kejriwal summoned by probe agency for 7th time in liquor policy case

Mangalore Today News Network/NDTV

New Delhi, Feb 22, 2024: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has received a seventh summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), officials told NDTV this morning. Mr Kejriwal has been asked to appear before the probe agency on February 26 for questioning in connection with the Delhi liquor excise policy case.


Arvind Kejriwal

He skipped the ED’s sixth call on Monday with his party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) terming the summons as "illegal" and asserting that the matter is now before the court.

Mr Kejriwal also skipped the February 2, January 19, January 3, December 21, and November 2 summons.

Mr Kejriwal, who has ignored the summons citing various prior commitments, maintains that he is prepared to cooperate with the probe agency but questions the timing and urgency of the summons.

The AAP has slammed the ED’s actions as "politically motivated" and has alleged that the BJP wanted to arrest him to topple his government in Delhi.

The probe agency had earlier this month approached a city court after Mr Kejriwal skipped its multiple summonses related to the case.

The ED is investigating money laundering charges related to the Delhi liquor excise policy. The case revolves around accusations that the AAP government’s revamped alcohol sales policy allowed it to receive kickbacks from cartels, allegedly funneled into funding election expenses in various states, including Goa.

While Mr Kejriwal has not been named as an accused in the case, two senior AAP leaders, including former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, have faced arrests.

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