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Arvind Kejriwal-ED row highlights: ‘Delhi CM wants to create farce of his arrest,’ says BJP's Bansuri Swaraj

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row highlights: The Delhi chief minister declined to appear before the ED for questioning on January 3 for the third time.
Arvind Kejriwal ED row Live updates: The statement comes amid intense speculation that the Delhi CM could be arrested by the central agency in connection with the case.
Arvind Kejriwal ED row Live updates: The statement comes amid intense speculation that the Delhi CM could be arrested by the central agency in connection with the case.

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row highlights: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday alleged that the Enforcement Directorate sent “false summons” to him in connection with the alleged liquor policy scam. The statement comes amid intense speculation that Kejriwal could be arrested by the central agency in connection with the case....Read More

Kejriwal declined to appear for questioning on January 3 in the money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy 2021-22.

The Delhi chief minister cited the notice by the ED as illegal, while asserting his willingness to cooperate while expressing concerns over the alleged intention behind the notice.

The ED had issued a summons to Kejriwal for questioning on January 3 in connection with an excise policy-linked money laundering case. This is the third time Kejriwal has refused to appear before the federal agency. The two earlier summonses were for November 2 and December 21.

In February 2023, then Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI for alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi's new excise policy. The policy was withdrawn amid allegations of foul play by the opposition. AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh was also arrested in the same case in October 2023.

At least 14 people have so far been arrested by the agency, and ED has approached the court seeking permission to investigate AAP as a beneficiary of the “proceeds of crime”.

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Jan 4, 2024 10:45 PM IST

‘People are asking if Arvind Kejriwal is above the law of land’: Anurag Thakur slams AAP leader

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not appearing before the Enforcement Directorate and said people are asking if the Aam Admi Party leader is above the law of the land.

Talking to reporters here, Thakur said Kerjiwal is "scared to appear before the ED".

"One after another, scams keep coming out. Leaders of the AAP have been in jail for more than a year. Arvind Kejriwal has an equal role in all these scams. People are asking is Arvind Kejriwal above the law today? Why is he so scared to appear before the ED?" Anurag Thakur asked.

Jan 4, 2024 9:43 PM IST

ED to issue 4th summons to Kejriwal? CM will leave for Gujarat amid ‘arrest' row| 10 points

The Enforcement Directorate is studying Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's reply to the agency rejecting the third summons and may issue a 4th summons, news agency PTI reported citing sources as the Aam Aadmi Party leaders claimed Kejriwal will be arrested on Thursday following ED raids. PTI reported that Kejriwal is likely to leave on a 3-day Gujarat tour on January 6. Read More

Jan 4, 2024 9:08 PM IST

AAP, Kejriwal epitome of corruption: Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP, which came to power by claiming to be the champions of honesty, have now emerged as an "epitome of corruption".

Thakur's remarks came after Delhi Lt Governor recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged irregularities in the Kejriwal-led Delhi government's mohalla clinic initiative.

"Arvind Kejriwal ji and his government, which came into politics by declaring themselves as the champions of honesty, have now descended into the epitome of corruption," Thakur told reporters.

Jan 4, 2024 8:17 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: Recap | 'Why does Kejriwal fear inquiry if he has not done anything wrong?' Union Minister Gen (retd) VK Singh

As the suspense continued to build around the next course of action by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipped the third summons by the agency in connection with the liquor policy case, Union Minister Gen (retd) VK Singh on Thursday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor should not fear an inquiry if he is, indeed, 'innocent' and should cooperate with the ongoing investigation in the case.

Speaking to ANI on Thursday, the Union Minister said the liquor scam impaired the government revenue earnings and also involved extending undue benefits to private players.

Jan 4, 2024 7:26 PM IST

Recap | ‘Arvind Kejriwal wants to create farce of his arrest,’ says BJP's Bansuri Swaraj on ED summons to Delhi CM

Supreme Court advocate and Delhi BJP Secretary Bansuri Swaraj has criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not appearing before Enforcement Directorate and said that the Delhi Chief Minister wants to create a "farce" that he will be arrested.

Speaking to ANI on Thursday, BJP leader Swaraj said, "Atishi is predicting that there will be an ED raid and Arvind Kejriwal will be arrested. I want to ask on what basis is she making this prediction? ED raids are confidential. Arvind Kejriwal wants to create a farce where he wants to create an atmosphere that he will be arrested. He wants ED to investigate him and come to his residence to arrest him."

Amidst claims made by the AAP, security around the Delhi Chief Minister's house has been further heightened.

Jan 4, 2024 6:04 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: BJP's ‘not above the law’ jibe at Kejriwal as he skips Enforcement Directorate summons

As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipped the third ED summons in connection with the Delhi excise policy case yesterday, BJP cirticised him.

BJP's Bansuri Swaraj lashed out the Delhi CM saying "Kejriwal is forgetting that although he is the Chief Minister of Delhi he is not above the law. Will investigation agencies decide the procedure of investigation or Kejriwal will decide? Can a common ask ED for a questionnaire in advance?"

"All the laws of the country apply to him equally as they are to common citizens. Kejriwal is a very special person who presents himself as common. He is suffering from VVIP syndrome", Bansuri Swaraj said.

Jan 4, 2024 5:14 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘Why does he fear an enquiry if he is not wrong’, VK Singh questions Kejriwal on skipping ED summons

“...The liquor scam decreased the revenue of the government and benefitted private players... this is a scam and will be investigated. Two people (Satyendra Jain and Manish Sisodia) have already been arrested and even he (Arvind Kejriwal) is linked to them. Why does he fear an enquiry if he is not wrong...”: Union minister Gen (Retd) VK Singh

Jan 4, 2024 4:21 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘Govt is doing probe against all opposition leaders, putting pressure on them and insulting them’, says SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

"This is nothing new, Govt is doing probe against all opposition leaders, putting pressure on them and insulting them...whole nation knows that agencies are being misused...one by one all opposition leaders are being probed..." Akhilesh Yadav said.

Jan 4, 2024 4:03 PM IST

Recap | Kejriwal will cooperate if ED sends 'legal' summons: AAP

AAP leaders on Thursday said the alleged Delhi liquor scam was bogus and asserted that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will cooperate with the ED if it sends "legal" summons to him.

Kejriwal, the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), refused to appear before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Delhi excise policy case on Wednesday, calling the summons "illegal" and "politically motivated".

AAP leader Jasmine Shah said the investigation into the alleged liquor scam has been going on for the last two years but so far, no recovery has been made as evidence by the ED.

Jan 4, 2024 3:47 PM IST

'Choro ki baraat': BJP slams AAP amid ‘ED to arrest Arvind Kejriwal’ claim | Read

Reacting to AAP's charge that the Bharatiya Janata Party wants to arrest Arvind Kejriwal to prevent him from campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections, BJP on Thursday said the Delhi chief minister has been behaving like a fugitive. Referring to Kejriwal skipping the ED summons over the liquor policy case, Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva called AAP 'choron ki baraat' (a procession of thieves). Read More

Jan 4, 2024 3:09 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live | ‘If you do something wrong and ED summons you then how is it illegal?’: Agnimitra Paul's attack on Delhi CM Kejriwal

" If you do something wrong and ED summons you then how is it illegal? Earlier you said that there were elections in 3 states...now you want ED to send you questions first...ED, CBI never send questions beforehand. He keeps saying that he is honest and this is an illegal case. If you are honest, why don't you appear before ED?..." Agnimitra Paul attacks CM Kejriwal.

Jan 4, 2024 3:04 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘Arvind Kejriwal is corrupt no 1…’, Shehzad Poonawalla's swipe at Delhi CM

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla lashed out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for evading the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons and jibed that that AAP chief and his party should be awarded an "Oscar" for their "drama."

"Arvind Kejriwal is corrupt no. 1 and his party is 'dramebaaz' no. 1. If anyone should get an Oscar for doing drama and playing the victim card, then it is Arvind Kejriwal and his party. AAP is like a child who repeatedly says the wolf has come and after some time people will stop believing it," Poonawalla said in a self-made video on Thursday.

Jan 4, 2024 2:47 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: Recap | BJP wants me arrested so I can't campaign for LS polls: Kejriwal on ED summons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday alleged that the BJP-led central government wanted to arrest him to stop him from campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing a press conference here, he accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of wanting to tarnish his image and asserted that his honesty is his "biggest asset".

Kejriwal, who is also the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener, had skipped the Enforcement Directorate summons on Wednesday for the third time.

Jan 4, 2024 2:18 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘Arvind Kejriwal wants to create farce of his arrest,’ says BJP's Bansuri Swaraj on ED summons to Delhi CM

Supreme Court advocate and Delhi BJP Secretary Bansuri Swaraj has criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not appearing before Enforcement Directorate and said that the Delhi Chief Minister wants to create a "farce" that he will be arrested.

Speaking to ANI on Thursday, BJP leader Swaraj said, "Atishi is predicting that there will be an ED raid and Arvind Kejriwal will be arrested. I want to ask on what basis is she making this prediction? ED raids are confidential. Arvind Kejriwal wants to create a farce where he wants to create an atmosphere that he will be arrested. He wants ED to investigate him and come to his residence to arrest him."

Jan 4, 2024 1:44 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ED refutes raid rumours

The Enforcement Directorate has rejected rumours of any raid at Arvind Kejriwal's house. Some media reports claim that the agency is preparing to send a fourth summon to the chief minister and is examining his reply.

Jan 4, 2024 1:36 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: Police deployed near CM's house

Additional police forces were deployed near Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence earlier today as the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders claimed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) plans to arrest him.

A police officer said some deployment was made to ensure nobody breached an enclosure outside the chief minister’s residence after journalists and the public started gathering there. More details.

Jan 4, 2024 1:21 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: BJP claims Delhi CM is running away from investigation

Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva claims that Arvind Kejriwal is running away from the investigation agency.

"...You (Kejriwal) are running away from the investigation agency. You have been called three times by ED but you did not go there. Now you are mourning that you can be arrested," Sachdeva said. Read more here.

Jan 4, 2024 1:10 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘ED wants to arrest me,’ claims Delhi CM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says that the probe into the alleged liquor policy scam has been going on for two years.

“The CBI called me eight months ago. Didn't I attend that? I provided all answers to whatever the CBI asked. But they just want to arrest me on the pretext of summoning me,” Kejriwal alleged.

Jan 4, 2024 1:09 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘Should I follow illegal summons?' asks Delhi CM

Speaking on the summons, Kejriwal says that his lawyers told him that the summons sent to him by the Enforcement Directorate were illegal.

"I wrote in detail why their summons were illegal. But they did not reply because they had no answer. Should I follow illegal summons? I will cooperate if a legal summons is sent to me," he says.

Jan 4, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: Many AAP leaders falsely implicated in this case, AAP chief alleges

“Many AAP leaders have been falsely implicated in connection to this case and they are languishing in jail even when there is no evidence against them. Now, the BJP wants to arrest me. My biggest strength is my honesty. They want to defame and hurt my image by these false accusations,” Kejriwal says in the video message.

Jan 4, 2024 1:00 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘There has been no corruption,’ Delhi CM claims

In his press conference, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says: "For the last two years, you have heard the words ‘sharab ghotala’ (liquor policy scam) several times. There have been multiple raids in connection. Agencies didn't find a single rupee. Where did the money go? Did it just vanish in the air? The truth is there has been no corruption.”

Jan 4, 2024 12:54 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘BJP wants me arrested’

In a video message, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleges that the BJP-led central government wants to arrest him to stop him from campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

"My lawyers have told me that the ED summons are illegal. BJP wants to arrest me to stop me from campaigning for Lok Sabha polls," he says.

Jan 4, 2024 12:47 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal-ED row Live: ‘ED sent false summons,’ claims Delhi CM

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has alleged that the Enforcement Directorate sent “false summons” to him in connection with the alleged liquor policy scam.

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