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ED had sent summons to Kejriwal on January 3, November 2 and December 21 asking him to appear in the Delhi Liquor Policy case. Kejriwal did not appear before the investigating agency all three times.
ED has again summoned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi liquor scam. The investigating agency has called him for questioning on January 18. ED has sent this fourth summons to CM Kejriwal.
Earlier, he was called for questioning on 3 January, 2 November and 21 December. Kejriwal did not appear before the investigating agency all three times.
On January 3, CM Kejriwal had told ED that he was busy in preparations for Rajya Sabha elections and Republic Day. Whatever you want to ask from them, please send it in writing.
Earlier on November 2, Kejriwal had called the ED summons illegal and politically motivated. After receiving the summons on December 21, Kejriwal had gone to Hoshiarpur in Punjab for 10 days of Vipassana.
Kejriwal returned from Vipassana Center on 30 December. Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann was also with him.
AAP said- the notice is illegal
Aam Aadmi Party said on January 3 – We are ready to cooperate in the ED investigation, but the ED notice is illegal. Their intention is to arrest Kejriwal, so that Kejriwal cannot campaign in the Lok Sabha elections.
Congress leader Udit Raj said- ED raided the locations of people close to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. ED had sent notices to former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel before the elections and made false allegations against him. Arvind Kejriwal is also the leader of the opposition alliance. Instead of doing its work, the investigating agency is putting pressure on opposition leaders.
BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala said – Even today, Kejriwal not appearing before the ED makes it clear that he has something to hide. They have been hiding like criminals.
ED has the right to arrest, Kejriwal can go to court
According to law experts, ED can issue a bailable warrant against CM Kejriwal for his repeated non-appearance. Even after that, if he does not appear, a non-bailable warrant can be issued under Section 45.
PMLA experts say that if a concrete reason is given for not appearing, the ED can give time. Then issues notice again. Under the PMLA Act, repeated disobedience of notice can lead to arrest.
If CM Kejriwal does not appear further then the investigating officer can go to the residence and interrogate him. They can be arrested if there is solid evidence or if satisfactory answers to the questions are not found.
At the same time, after the warrant is issued, Kejriwal can go to the court and promise to cooperate in the investigation in the presence of his advocate. On this, the court can direct the ED not to arrest him.
CBI had interrogated Kejriwal in April
On April 16, Arvind Kejriwal reached the CBI office for questioning.
In April this year, CBI had interrogated CM Kejriwal in its office for about 9.5 hours in the liquor policy case. During this period about 56 questions were asked. Kejriwal reached the agency’s office at 11:10 am and came out at 8:30 pm.
Kejriwal had said- I answered all the questions of CBI. We have nothing to hide. AAP is a staunchly honest party. We will die and die but will never compromise with our honesty. They want to eliminate AAP, but the people of the country are with us.
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