February 18, 2024
ED Issues Fourth Summons to Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Excise Policy Case
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ED Issues Fourth Summons to Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Excise Policy Case

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ED Issues Fourth Summons to Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Excise Policy Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a fourth summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, requiring his appearance on January 18 in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. Kejriwal has previously ignored three summonses by the ED, attributing the move to ‘political vendetta’ orchestrated by the BJP-led Centre to target Opposition leaders through central agencies.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the summons, Kejriwal accused the ED of sending him ‘false summons’ and criticized the timing of the notice, just ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He asserted that the BJP aims to hinder his campaign for the elections and urged the public for support during this challenging time.

In a media statement, Kejriwal emphasized his honesty as his greatest asset and challenged the agencies to prove any wrongdoing. He raised concerns about the growing trend of honest leaders facing legal challenges while corrupt individuals are welcomed into political parties.

Questioning the legitimacy of the ED’s summons, Kejriwal claimed that he had written to the ED, but received no response. He argued that the lack of response indicates the illegality of the summons and emphasized his willingness to comply with legally sound notices.

The Delhi liquor scam, associated with the excise policy 2021-22, was scrapped by Kejriwal’s government following the Lieutenant Governor’s recommendation for a CBI probe due to reported “lapses and irregularities” in its implementation. Kejriwal maintains that there is no evidence of a scam and criticized the imprisonment of AAP leaders, attributing it to their refusal to join the BJP rather than involvement in corruption.

As the political tension escalates, the ED’s summons to Kejriwal adds to the ongoing narrative of alleged misuse of central agencies for political purposes.

Source: Adapted from various media reports

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