Liquor Policy Case Live Updates: Arvind Kejriwal was summoned by Enforcement Directorate.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not go to the Enforcement Directorate's office today for giving his statement on the Delhi liquor policy case. Mr Kejriwal has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate today.
Mr Kejriwal had been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the case in April and this is the first time he has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate.
The CBI case hinges on the involvement of liquor companies in framing the excise policy, which would have brought them a 12 per cent profit. It has claimed that a liquor lobby had paid kickbacks. The Enforcement Directorate is probing the alleged laundering of the kickbacks.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves from his residence for the airport.
He will hold a road show, along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh as part of the party's election campaign there.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today. He will hold a road show, along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh today.
BJP leader Harish Khurana says, "The law is doing its work. The ED has summoned him under the law. 2 days ago, the Supreme Court observation regarding Manish Sisodia's bail said that there is a money trail of Rs. 338 crore. Arvind Kejriwal has to answer this because it is not possible that there is a money trail and he is not aware of it... He has to answer this question. He also has to answer why the excise was increased to 12% from 5%... He is playing the victim card that this is vendetta politics... If this is a vendetta, why was Manish Sisodia's bail rejected 6 times... There is not just a scam, but the mastermind and the kingpin is Arvind Kejriwal..."
AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj says, "This is being seen by not only India but the entire world that the Centre is drunk in power and it is so arrogant that it wants to crush every small political party. Aam Aadmi Party is a growing national party, and the BJP Government is trying everything to crush it."
"Illegally, Politically Motivated Notice": Arvind Kejriwal Writes To Probe Agency
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking to take back the summons to him in the liquor policy case.
His letter, however, has led to speculation he may not turn up at all.
The Enforcement Directorate's notice is "illegal and politically motivated, sent at the behest of the BJP," Mr Kejriwal said in the letter, asking the same central probe agency that arrested his former deputy Manish Sisodia to "take back the notice immediately".
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also alleged the centre wants to arrest Mr Kejriwal in a politically motivated case.
Heavy security outside the Enforcement Directorate Office in Delhi.
Enforcement Directorate has summoned Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal to appear before them today in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.
Update| Arvind Kejriwal Responds To Enforcement Directorate's Notice
"Illegally, politically motivated notice, take it back immediately": Arvind Kejriwal writes to probe agency Enforcement Directorate on summons