New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has once again refused to appear for questioning in the Delhi liquor policy case, marking the third time he has skipped summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) contends that the ED’s notices are illegal and that their sole purpose is to arrest Kejriwal.
This recent summons, issued for January 3, follows two previous ones on November 2 and December 21, to which Kejriwal did not respond. The AAP, with Kejriwal as its national convener, maintains that while he is willing to cooperate with the agency, the repeated summons seem to have the intention of securing his arrest.
The party has questioned the timing of the notice, alleging that it is a deliberate attempt to hinder Kejriwal’s election campaign. “Why has the notice been sent right before elections? The notice is an attempt to stop Kejriwal from campaigning in elections,” the AAP asserted.
It’s noteworthy that Kejriwal had been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April regarding the same case but had not been implicated as an accused by the agency.
Since the issuance of the first ED summons, speculations about Kejriwal’s potential arrest have been rife. Several AAP leaders, including former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, have faced arrests in connection with the case.
The AAP, while expressing its commitment to acting within the bounds of the law, remains critical of the repeated summons, raising concerns about the timing and alleged intentions behind the Enforcement Directorate’s actions. The ongoing developments continue to fuel political tensions and raise questions about the legal proceedings surrounding the Delhi liquor policy case.