The court summoned Kejriwal on March 16 for the Delhi Excise Policy.

NewsThe court summoned Kejriwal on March 16 for the Delhi Excise Policy.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received a new summons from the Delhi Rouse Avenue Court requesting that he physically appear on March 16. This happens after the ED(Enforcement Directorate) lodged a new complaint with the court, requesting for the AAP leader be prosecuted for allegedly ignoring various summonses he received in connection with the now-canceled Delhi excise policy.

 The most recent complaint concerns Arvind Kejriwal’s failure to comply with federal probe agency summonses number four through eight issued in accordance with Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The case was scheduled for hearing on Thursday by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Divya Malhotra’s court.

 Arvind Kejriwal attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a post on X, claiming that the ED was being used to harass opposition leaders into joining the BJP.

 The national convener of the AAP stated that if he joined the BJP, he would no longer receive notices. In a previous court filing, the Enforcement Department (ED) requested that Arvind Kejriwal be prosecuted for failing to appear for the first three summonses he received in connection with a money laundering case.

 This matter (pertaining to  all summonses) has been scheduled for hearing by the ACMM court for 16 March, according to the reports by news agencies.

 According to 55-year-old, Kejriwal all ED summonses are illegal. When he had previously notified the agency, he could be questioned after March 12 through a videoconference link.

 At a news conference on March 4, the day he was summoned to join the investigation in accordance with the ED’s eight summons, he stated, We have not done something incorrect, nor are we endeavoring to hide.

 In accordance with Section 50 (authorities powers regarding summons, production of documents and testimony, etc.) of the PMLA, the ED has filed a new complaint under Section 174 (non-attendance in obedience to an order from a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 63(4) of the PMLA, which refers to a person who willfully disobeys any direction, along with Section 190(1)(a) (receiving a complaint of facts which constitute such an offense) and 200 (evidence of witness under oath) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The ED also pursued similar measures against Hemant Soren, the former chief minister of Jharkhand, who was imprisoned. The JMM leader was initially found guilty by a Ranchi court of ignoring warnings that were sent to him. According to the agency, the accused communicated with Kejriwal about the development of the

Excise policy for 2021–22 Party leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, communication head Vijay Nair, and a few liquor merchants have all been taken into custody by the ED.

 

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