4 Jan 2024

Is AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal Facing Imminent ED Arrest?

AAP sources on Thursday asserted that the vicinity around Arvind Kejriwal's residence in New Delhi had been cordoned off, with police personnel stationed at all entry points, signaling an impending raid and arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Contrary to these claims, the Delhi Police contended that the heightened security measures at the Chief Minister's residence were implemented to "manage" the influx of media personnel who had been gathering since Wednesday, following the party's assertion that Kejriwal might face a raid and subsequent arrest.

According to an Aam Aadmi Party insider, the roads leading to the CM's house were sealed, and even the staff stationed there were denied entry. Another party source affirmed, "The ED is gearing up to raid and arrest Kejriwal."

On Wednesday night, Delhi Cabinet Minister and AAP leader Atishi conveyed on X, "News is emerging that ED is planning to raid Arvind Kejriwal's residence tomorrow morning, with an arrest likely."

A senior Delhi Police officer countered these claims, stating that the heightened security was solely to manage the media presence following AAP's assertions. Another police officer dismissed the notion that CM staff had been restricted, describing the increased police presence as a "general deployment."

Kejriwal skipped the third summons by the ED 

Kejriwal, on Wednesday, skipped the third summons by the ED related to the Delhi excise policy case. He cited reasons such as Rajya Sabha polls, Republic Day preparations, and the probe agency's alleged "non-disclosure and non-response approach." 

In a letter to the Enforcement Directorate, Kejriwal expressed willingness to respond to any questionnaire but claimed that the summonses were politically motivated, aimed at preventing him from campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, as per AAP's assertions.

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