Arvind Kejriwal granted bail in ED complaints for ignoring summons in liquor policy case

Arvind Kejriwal made an appearance at the Rouse Avenue Court in response to complaints from the ED, accusing him of failing to comply with the summons issued by the investigating agency.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made an appearance at the Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday, responding to complaints from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding alleged non-compliance with issued summons. 

The court granted him bail, and his lawyer Ramesh Gupta subsequently requested permission for Kejriwal to depart and resume legal proceedings. The ED did not raise objections to this request, allowing Kejriwal to leave the court premises. 

Security measures were notably heightened outside the court during these proceedings.

This development follows a recent decision by a Delhi court to dismiss Arvind Kejriwal's plea for a stay on the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate and directed him to appear before the court on Saturday. 

Kejriwal had challenged these summons issued by the Magistrate court, which had taken cognizance of complaints filed by the ED regarding his failure to respond to previous summonses.

The recent complaint against Kejriwal specifically addresses his failure to adhere to summonses numbered four to eight, sent by the Enforcement Directorate under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), according to statements from the ED. 

Earlier, the ED had approached the magisterial court to pursue legal action against Kejriwal for neglecting the initial three summonses linked to a money laundering case related to the former Delhi excise policy, which has since been annulled.