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Delhi Excise Policy Case: Kejriwal Skips 6th ED Summons, AAP Cites Court Challenge

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has once again avoided appearing before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Delhi excise policy case, marking his sixth skipped summons. This development comes amidst heightened tensions between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP, with accusations and counter-accusations flying from both sides.

The Summons and AAP’s Stance:

Kejriwal’s decision to not appear stems from the ongoing legal challenge against the ED’s investigation in the Delhi High Court. The AAP maintains that the summonses are “illegal” and politically motivated, and they will only cooperate after the court delivers its verdict.

ED’s Accusations and Latest Charge Sheet:

The ED, however, paints a different picture. Their investigation, as outlined in their latest charge sheet filed on December 2nd, 2023, accuses AAP leader Sanjay Singh and his aide Sarvesh Mishra of receiving kickbacks worth ₹45 crore through alleged irregularities in the excise policy. The ED claims this money was then used to fund the AAP’s election campaign in Goa in 2022.

With Kejriwal skipping the summons and the ED’s accusations surfacing, the political heat around the case is intensifying. The AAP continues to claim that the BJP is using the ED as a tool for political witch-hunts, while the BJP refutes these claims and emphasizes the need for a fair investigation.

Kejriwal’s defiance and the ED’s charges are likely to further delay the investigation’s progress and exacerbate the political tension. The Delhi High Court’s upcoming verdict on the legality of the ED’s probe holds significant importance in determining the case’s future direction.

It remains to be seen how this ongoing saga will unfold, with both sides firmly entrenched in their respective positions. The public awaits the court’s verdict and further developments in this intricate case that has become a political battleground.

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