The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has reissued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning on December 21 in connection with a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy scam.
This development follows Kejriwal’s non-appearance in response to an earlier summons on November 2. In a letter to Jogendar, Assistant Director at ED, Kejriwal cited the vagueness of the initial summons, alleging it was “motivated and unsustainable in law.” He questioned the clarity regarding his role in the case, whether as a witness or a suspect, and urged the agency to reconsider the summons.
The Delhi CM further raised concerns about the summons being politically motivated, implying they were issued for extraneous considerations rather than legal grounds.
Previously, Kejriwal was summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April, albeit not as an accused in the FIR filed on August 17 the previous year regarding the alleged excise policy scam.
This case gained traction in February 2023 when Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI over purported irregularities in formulating and executing Delhi’s now-defunct excise policy. The policy’s cancellation followed accusations of impropriety leveled by the opposition, marking a contentious period for the Delhi administration.
As the ED renews its summons to Kejriwal, the allegations surrounding the excise policy continue to cast a shadow over the political landscape, intensifying the scrutiny on the Delhi CM and his administration.