The ED had issued the first summons on October 30 and asked CM Kejriwal to appear on November 2. However, now ED can issue summons to him again if he does not reach the office. If he ignores the second summons also, then the investigating agency can issue him a third summons. Any person can ignore the three ED summons. After this, ED can demand a non-bailable warrant from the court, after which Kejriwal will have to appear on time. If Kejriwal ignores even the non-bailable warrant then he can be arrested.
How many arrests have been made so far in the Delhi liquor scam case?
CBI and ED, both the agencies investigating the Delhi Liquor Policy irregularities case, have so far arrested more than 15 accused. These include Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia, Vijay Nair, Sameer Mahendru, Arun Ramachandran, Rajesh Joshi, Gorantla Buchibabu, Amit Arora, Benoy Babu (general manager of French liquor company Pernod Ricard), P. Sarath Chandra Reddy, whole-time director and promoter of Aurobindo Pharma. , businessman Amandeep Dhal and businessman Abhishek Boinpalli.
What is liquor policy scam?
During the Corona period, Delhi Government had implemented Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22. There were complaints of alleged irregularities in the implementation of this liquor policy following which the Lieutenant Governor recommended a CBI inquiry. With this, Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 has come under question. However, the new liquor policy was later canceled amid allegations of irregularities in its formulation and implementation.
What option does Kejriwal have?
CM Kejriwal has called ED’s summons illegal. They can approach the court to challenge the ED summons. Besides, he can also demand anticipatory bail from the court. Raising questions on the summons, Kejriwal said that it is not clear in the ED summons in what form he has been summoned. He said that the reason for calling has not been mentioned in the summons. Kejriwal further said that being a star campaigner of AAP, he has to undertake election tours. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra has attacked Kejriwal and described him as an ocean of corruption.
Delhi government cabinet minister Bhardwaj said, how did BJP MP Manoj Tiwari say in an interview to a news agency that Kejriwal will be arrested? This means it is a political conspiracy. Elections are being held in five states and being the national convenor, Kejriwal has to go for campaigning.
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