In a significant turn of events, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken legal action against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged non-compliance with the summons issued in the money laundering case related to the excise policy scam. The ED has filed a fresh complaint case against CM Kejriwal, accusing him of skipping five summons over the last four months.
The ED's move comes as part of ongoing investigations into the excise policy scam, where Aam Aadmi Party leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh have already been arrested and are presently in judicial custody.
Advocate S.V. Raju, along with SPPs Zoheb Hossain and Simon Benjamin, represented the ED in the case before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Divya Malhotra of Rouse Avenue Courts. The court has scheduled further submissions for February 7.
CM Kejriwal has consistently contested the legality of the summons, skipping them on November 2, December 21, January 3, and January 18. The ED has now filed a fresh complaint under relevant sections of the Cr.P.C. and PMLA, highlighting the alleged non-compliance.
The ED's case revolves around the excise policy implemented under the pretext of a conspiracy to provide undue wholesale business profit to specific private companies, not reflected in the official minutes of Group of Ministers (GoM) meetings. The agency claims that this conspiracy was orchestrated by individuals like Vijay Nair, acting on behalf of CM Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, to provide extraordinary profit margins to wholesalers.
The court proceedings are set to unfold further, marking a crucial chapter in the investigations into the excise policy scam and the alleged money laundering activities associated with it.
Author: Anushka Taraniya
News writer, MIT ADT UNIversity