Delhi Excise Policy Case: Arvind Kejriwal Requests Virtual Hearing After March 12

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal has responded to Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons, labeling it as illegal but expressing willingness to answer. In his reply, Kejriwal has sought a date after March 12 for the hearing and proposed to participate via video conferencing.

On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate summoned Kejriwal for questioning in connection with the money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy for the fiscal year 2021-22, which has since been annulled.

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Despite being summoned seven times earlier, Kejriwal had not attended the hearings. The ED filed a complaint against him in a Delhi court for non-compliance. The court has granted an exemption from personal appearance until March 16.

Kejriwal, citing his engagement in the ongoing Budget session of the Delhi assembly, had virtually attended court proceedings.

The Enforcement Directorate alleges that leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received bribes totaling ₹100 crores related to the 2021-22 excise policy, implemented in November 2021. Following a recommendation from Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena, the policy was revoked, and a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged irregularities was initiated.

Although Arvind Kejriwal has not been formally charged, the ED contends that he conceived the excise policy. The case, arising from an FIR alleging irregularities in the Delhi Excise Policy (2021-22), is under investigation.

In its sixth charge sheet filed on December 2, 2023, the ED implicated AAP leader Sanjay Singh and his associate Sarvesh Mishra. The AAP allegedly utilized kickbacks of ₹45 crore, derived from the policy, for its electoral campaign in Goa during the 2022 assembly elections.

Two prominent AAP figures, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, are already in judicial custody as part of this case. Sisodia, the former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, was apprehended by the CBI on February 26. Similarly, on October 5, Singh, a Rajya Sabha member, was arrested by the ED.

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