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Summons was leaked… to malign my image: Delhi CM Kejriwal writes to ED, skips questioning in excise policy scam case

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI.

Minutes earlier than he was scheduled to seem earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a cash laundering case linked to the alleged excise coverage rip-off, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the probe company saying its summons “appeared to be motivated and issued for extraneous considerations.”

Kejriwal was speculated to depose on the probe company’s Delhi workplace at 11 am on Thursday.

He instructed the ED that he is not going to seem for questioning and as a nationwide convenor in addition to a star campaigner for Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP), he’s “required to travel for campaigning and to provide political guidance” to his area employees of the celebration.

As per experiences, Kerjriwal will probably be holding a roadshow, together with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, in Madhya Pradesh’s Singrauli.

Arvind Kejriwal’s letter to ED

In his letter to ED, dated November 2, 2023, Kejriwal stated he acquired the summons on October 30 and it was “not clear as to the capacity in which I am being summoned i.e. as a witness or a suspect” within the case.

The Delhi CM additional claimed that “the summons does not specify whether I am being summoned as an individual or in my official capacity as Chief Minister of Delhi or as National Convenor of AAP and appears to be in the nature of a fishing and roving inquiry.”

Kejriwal additional alleged that the summons seemed to be “motivated and issued for extraneous considerations.”

The Delhi CM additionally claimed that “the said summons was leaked to select BJP leaders to malign” his picture and fame and has been issued “at the behest of the ruling party at the Centre.”

Asking the ED to recall summons calling them “vague and motived,” Kejriwal stated, “I am the incumbent Chief Minister of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi and National Convenor of the Aam Aadmi Part, i.e. the ruling party in the State of NCT of Delhi and Punjab. The fact that there are 5 states in the country i.e. Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana which are going to elections shortly and Election Commission has already announced the dates.”

“Elections are in November and the results will be announced on December 3, 2023. Being the National Convenor and a star campaigner of the Aam Aadmi Party, a National Party, which is contesting elections, I am required to travel for campaigning and to provide political guidance to my field workers of Aam Aadmi Party.”

Kejriwal additional stated because the Chief Minister of Delhi, “I have governance and official commitments, for which my presence is required, particularly in view of Diwali festivities coming up in the second week of November, 2023.”

“Please recall the said summons, which is to say the least is vague and motivated and I am advised, unsustainable in law,” Kejriwal stated.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED 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 Ok Saxena beneficial a CBI probe in July final yr into alleged irregularities within the formulation and implementation of the coverage.

The report cited varied 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 didn’t acquire a no objection certificates for opening liquor shops there, officers stated.

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 businesses

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