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CM Kejriwal moves session court challenging summons issued to him on ED complaint in Excise scam case

New Delhi: On Thursday, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister, has moved a sessions court challenging the summons issued to him in connection with the Delhi excise policy case by a lower court on two complaints filed by the Enforcement Directorate for non-compliance with the summons issued.

By: Priyanka Verma  Pardaphash Group
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CM Kejriwal moves session court challenging summons issued to him on ED complaint in Excise scam case

New Delhi: On Thursday, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister, has moved a sessions court challenging the summons issued to him in connection with the Delhi excise policy case by a lower court on two complaints filed by the Enforcement Directorate for non-compliance with the summons issued.

The Additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) Divya Malhotra had asked Kejriwal to appear before it on March 16. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal is likely to hear Kejriwal’s applications later in the day.

The ACMM court had issued summons twice to the Delhi CM in two separate complaints cases filed by the ED. The AAP convenor has challenged both the summons. The ED moved court against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Kejriwal for skipping summons repeatedly.

According to the information, the latest complaint pertains to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor not honouring summons number four to eight sent by the federal probe agency under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The central agency contends that Kejriwal has no legal right to know whether he is being summoned as a witness or an accused in the alleged scam in Delhi liquor excise policy.

The hearing for the previous complaint, related to the initial three summonses issued by the ED, is also slated for March 16. Kejriwal had earlier written a letter to the ED, calling the summonses issued against him “illegal and politically motivated”. He alleged that this was an attempt to prevent him from campaigning in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the country.

The Delhi CM has called all the ED summons illegal. While skipping the eigth summon Kejriwal informed ED that he could be questioned via a video conferencing link after March 12. Kejriwal has so far skipped eight summonses issued by the Enforcement Directorate on various dates, including February 26, February 19, February 2, January 18, January 3, November 2, December 22 and March 4, labelling them as “illegal and politically motivated.”

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