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Amidst the summons from the ED, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has initiated a motion of confidence in the assembly.

Arvind Kejriwal has tabled a motion of confidence in the Delhi assembly, seeking a vote of support.

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, introduced a motion seeking a vote of confidence in the assembly on Friday. Discussion on the motion is scheduled for tomorrow, leading to an adjournment of the House until then. During his address in the assembly, Kejriwal asserted, “The alleged liquor scam is baseless, and the BJP is avoiding a fair investigation. AAP leaders have been unjustly targeted under the guise of this issue, with the sole aim of destabilizing the Delhi government.” This marks the fifth Budget session of the seventh Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The motion in the assembly comes in the wake of repeated summonses by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to the AAP chief regarding an ongoing investigation into the now-defunct liquor policy. Kejriwal, refuting any wrongdoing, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of attempting to lure AAP MLAs and undermine his government through law enforcement agencies. His appearance was requested by the central probe agency on February 19, following previous summonses on February 2, January 18, and January 3 of this year, and on December 21 and November 2, 2023. Kejriwal consistently dismisses these notices as “illegal.”

The sixth summons follows a Delhi court’s response to a complaint filed by the ED, instructing Kejriwal to comply, stating that prima facie, he is “legally bound” to do so. “From the contents of the complaint and the material placed on record, prima facie offence under Section 174 of the IPC is made out and there are sufficient grounds for proceeding against accused Arvind Kejriwal…”. The judge ordered, “Accordingly, issue summons to accused Arvind Kejriwal for the offence under Section 174 of the IPC for February 17, 2024.”

Significantly, prominent AAP leaders—Satyendar Jain, Manish Sisodia, and Sanjay Singh—have been incarcerated in cases related to money laundering.

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