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Delhi excise policy case: Kejriwal skips ED summons, to campaign in poll-bound MP today

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI File Photograph

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was to seem earlier than ED at the moment in reference to a cash laundering case linked to the alleged excise coverage rip-off, has determined to skip the questioning and moderately head for a highway present in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.

In response to ANI information company, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is not going to seem earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at the moment. He’ll maintain a highway present, together with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh at the moment, added the information company.

In reply to the ED discover earlier, Kejriwal termed his summoning within the case as “illegal and politically motivated”, claiming that the discover was despatched on the behest of the BJP and was geared toward stopping him from campaigning within the poll-bound states.

“…Being the National Convener and a star campaigner of the AAP, I am required to travel for campaigning and to provide political guidance to my field workers of AAP. As the CM of Delhi, I have governance and official commitments for which my presence is required, particularly in view of Diwali coming up…Please recall the said summons, which is to say the least is vague and motivated and unsustainable in law,” Kejriwal wrote.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate are probing the Delhi authorities’s now-scrapped excise coverage for 2021-22 that allegedly favoured sure liquor sellers, an allegation that the AAP has strongly denied.

Primarily based on a report of the chief secretary of the Delhi authorities, Lieutenant Governor V Okay Saxena really useful a CBI probe in July final yr into alleged irregularities within the formulation and implementation of the coverage.

The report cited numerous alleged irregularities together with a waiver of Rs 144 crore to the retail licensees below the coverage within the title of COVID-19-impacted gross sales and a refund of Rs 30 crore to a profitable bidder for the airport zone who did not acquire a no objection certificates for opening liquor shops there, officers mentioned.

One other allegation was that the fee of wholesale licensees was raised from 5 per cent to 12 per cent in an occasion of “quid pro quo”, they added.

With inputs from companies

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