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ED Summons Arvind Kejriwal for Inquiry

On December 21, the Enforcement Directorate summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the liquor policy fraud investigation. This is the second time the FBI has summoned him for questioning in the investigation.

On November 2, the agency summoned Kejriwal. He declined to appear before the Enforcement Directorate, claiming previous commitments related to the just finished assembly elections.

Sandeep Pathak, the AAP’s leader, slammed the government over the summons.

“Anyone who speaks out against PM Modi will be suspended or arrested.” “Some examples are Sanjay Singh, Satyendar Jain, and Manish Sisodia,” he stated.

The AAP, Kejriwal’s party, has stated that the agency intends to arrest him in connection with the alleged scam. It has been running a campaign seeking the view of the people of the national capital on whether he should resign as the chief minister or continue running the government from inside the jail.

Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, two of Kejriwal’s closest colleagues, have been imprisoned for months on money laundering charges related to the alleged liquor policy scam.

According to PTI, the summons to Kejriwal, the AAP’s national convenor, are for interrogation in the purported Delhi excise policy issue and for recording his testimony under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021–22, which granted licenses to liquor sellers, is accused of enabling cartelization and favoring some dealers who had reportedly paid bribes for it. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has consistently denied these allegations.

The policy was later repealed, and the lieutenant governor of Delhi recommended a CBI investigation, which prompted the ED to file a case under the PMLA.

On Saturday, Delhi government officials announced that Kejriwal would leave on December 19 for a 10-day Vipassana meditation training at a location that remains unidentified.

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