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Enforcement Directorate moves court against Arvind Kejriwal for skipping summons

The Enforcement Directorate has filed a fresh complaint against Arvind Kejriwal for not complying with the summons to join the probe into the liquor policy case.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipped the fifth summons issued by the ED. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)

The Enforcement Directorate has filed a fresh complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not complying with the summons issued to him in connection with the liquor policy case.

The complaint has been filed before Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court under Section 174 of IPC for non-attendance in obedience to an order from a public servant and Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for non-compliance with summons issued by the ED.

So far, the central probe agency has issued five summons to Arvind Kejriwal, demanding him to appear for the ongoing investigation into the alleged liquor policy scam.

Kejriwal has skipped the summons, claiming that these are “illegal” attempts to arrest him.

Kejriwal skipped ED summonses for November 2 and December 21 in 2023 and January 3, January 18, and February 2 this year.

According to the Enforcement Directorate, the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22 to grant licences to liquor traders allowed cartelisation and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it.

The policy was subsequently scrapped and Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe, following which the ED registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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