Delhi excise policy case: ED found Rs 70,000 cash at Arvind Kejriwal’s home, returned it, says AAP


Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Thursday said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) recovered Rs 70,000 in cash during its search at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal following his arrest in the excise policy case. Bharadwaj also said the probe agency returned the seized cash.

“The Chief Minister’s house was searched. They just found Rs 70,000 in cash and returned it. They have taken the Chief Minister’s mobile and arrested him. They haven’t got any proof, evidence or money trail,” he told reporters, in a video posted by news agency ANI.

Bharadwaj alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “scared” of Kejriwal and he had him arrested.

“Today, he got Kejriwal arrested through agencies because he is in power. There is no one to stop him. They have arrested two Chief Ministers. Maybe they might arrest more,” he said while referring to the arrest of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in a land fraud case.

Kejriwal’s arrest, the first of a sitting chief minister, came hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant protection to the AAP national convenor from any coercive action by the ED. The Chief Minister had skipped nine summonses issued to him by the ED in the excise policy case.

AAP CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE PROTEST

In a late-night press conference, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai gave a call for a nationwide protest against the BJP following Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED.

Rai said Kejriwal’s arrest was the “murder of democracy” and an “announcement of dictatorship”, news agency PTI reported.

“If Kejriwal can be arrested, anyone can be arrested and their voice can be suppressed. From today, the fight has begun. Kejriwal is not a person, but an ideology,” he said.

AAP leader and Delhi minister Atishi said Kejriwal’s fight will continue from the “roads to the court”.

“The Supreme Court will hear the case on Friday. This arrest is unconstitutional. They arrested Hemant Soren and Arvind Kejriwal, and froze the accounts of Congress,” she said.

ABOUT DELHI EXCISE POLICY CASE

The case pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22, which was later scrapped. AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh are already arrested in the case.

The ED and the CBI have alleged that the Delhi government’s excise policy to grant licences to liquor traders allowed cartelisation and favoured certain dealers who had allegedly paid bribes for it, a charge strongly refuted by AAP.

The policy was subsequently scrapped and Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the irregularities in its formulation and implementation.

(with inputs from agencies)

Published By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Mar 22, 2024





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