ED approaches Delhi court against CM Arvind Kejriwal in money laundering case

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal finds himself in a precarious position as both the Delhi Crime Branch and the ED intensify their scrutiny in separate cases.

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In a recent development in money laundering case linked to the Delhi liquor excise policy in 2021-22, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken legal action against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for alleged non-compliance. The ED filed a petition in the Rouse Avenue court on Saturday, presenting some submissions. The court heard the arguments and has scheduled further consideration of the matter for February 7.

Kejriwal faces dual leagl challenges

Arvind Kejriwal finds himself in a precarious position as both the Delhi Crime Branch and the ED intensify their scrutiny in separate cases. The ED has been summoning Kejriwal in connection with the liquor interrogation since the previous year. Kejriwal has reportedly skipped five summons, labeling them as illegal, on November 2, December 21, January 3, January 19, and February 2.

Drama unfolds at Kejriwal's residence

Adding to the legal pressure, officials from the Delhi Crime Branch visited Kejriwal's residence on both Friday and Saturday, attempting to personally serve him a notice. This notice pertains to Kejriwal's allegations that the BJP was attempting to poach seven AAP MLAs. The officials returned on Saturday morning after finding the Chief Minister absent the previous day.

A dramatic exchange occurred as AAP leaders questioned the insistence on delivering the notice only to the CM. Eventually, the notice was handed over to officials, instructing Kejriwal to respond within three days, disclosing the names of MLAs allegedly approached by the BJP.

Kejriwal sympathises with crime branch officers

However, reacting to the events, Arvind Kejriwal expressed sympathy for the Crime Branch officers. He said, "What is their fault? Their job is to stop crime but they are asked to stage drama instead, and that's why crime is increasing in Delhi." Kejriwal took to social media, criticising the political motivations behind the notice and questioning the need for such theatrics when authorities are already well-informed.