3 Feb 2024

ED has taken this action after Arvind Kejriwal skipped fifth summon

New Delhi: In the aftermath of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipping the fifth summon related to the alleged liquor policy scam, the Enforcement Directorate has formally raised concerns, asserting that Kejriwal has failed to comply with their questioning. The probe agency has approached a court and complained that he has not appeared for questioning. The Rouse Avenue court in New Delhi is scheduled to hold a hearing in this matter on Wednesday.

Kejriwal did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate on Friday. He has consistently argued that the summons issued against him are unlawful, contending that the agency's sole objective is to arrest him. The anticipation of Kejriwal's potential arrest has been widespread since the agency issued its first summons on November 2.

In a parallel development, two other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, namely former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, were apprehended in connection with the same case last year.

The Enforcement Directorate's formal complaint before the Rouse Avenue court on Saturday invokes Section 63 (4) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), addressing intentional disobedience of any directive issued under Section 50. 

This particular section empowers the agency to summon individuals. Additionally, the complaint references Section 174 of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to non-compliance with orders from a public servant.

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