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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal skips 5th ED summons


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NEW DELHI, Feb 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday for questioning in an alleged money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy, according to the AAP.
The ED on Wednesday had issued a fresh and the fifth summons to Kejriwal after he skipped four earlier summonses over the last four months.
Kejriwal will not appear before the agency for questioning, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said.Terming the summons “illegal”, the party said the ED is repeatedly sending notices to Kejriwal to arrest him.
The AAP also alleged that the BJP wants to topple its government in Delhi by getting Kejriwal arrested. The AAP will not let this happen, it said.
Kejriwal skipped ED summonses for November 2 and December 21 in 2023 and January 3 and January 18 this year. He had called these notices “illegal”.
It is alleged that the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22 to grant licences to liquor traders allowed cartelisation and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it, a charge repeatedly refuted by the AAP.
Delhi Police at Kejriwal’s residence
A Delhi Police crime branch team has arrived at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to serve him a notice in connection with a probe over his claim that the BJP was trying to buy some AAP MLAs, official sources said.
A team of Crime Branch officials have reached Kejriwal’s residence to serve him the notice related to the inquiry, they said.In a post on X, Kejriwal had claimed last week that seven of his party MLAs had been contacted by the “them”. (PTI)


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