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Arvind Kejriwal skips seventh ED summons in Delhi excise policy case Delhi
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Arvind Kejriwal skips seventh ED summons in Delhi excise policy case

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Feb 2024, 11:30 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday skipped the Enforcement Directorate (ED)'s seventh summons in the excise policy case, media reports said.

Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which rules Delhi, said ED should wait for the court order instead of sending summons repeatedly.

The probe agency is investigating the Delhi excise policy which has handed over liquor shop licences to private players.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleges that liquor companies and middlemen were "actively involved in irregularities in the framing and implementation" of the excise policy.

Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Kejriwal's colleague in the party, Manish Sisodia, is already in jail in the same case as the prime accused.

In April last year, the CBI questioned Kejriwal as a witness for nine hours, after which he slammed the agency. The ED has been summoning him since November 2.

"The CBI asked me 56 questions (but) everything is fake. I am convinced they don't have anything on us... not a single piece of evidence," he said after being quizzed at its Lodhi Road office.

Arvind Kejriwal will work from jail if arrested, says AAP

The AAP has recently said that it will seek the court's permission to have Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continue work from jail in case he is arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Delhi liquor policy scam case.

At a meeting on Monday, the party MLAs told Kejriwal that even if the central agency arrests him, he should run the government from jail.

"We are going among the people. The people are saying that atrocities are being committed against the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal. That is why, all the MLAs requested the Chief Minister today that even if he goes to jail, he should remain the CM.

"The people of Delhi have elected him as CM and he should remain the CM," AAP minister Aatishi told the media.

"We will go to court and seek permission to hold the cabinet meeting in the jail itself," she said.

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