Atishi said ED not waiting for court’s decision and sending summons to CM Arvind Kejriwal

Accordingly delhi Cabinet minister Atishi on wednesday said the ED was not waiting for the court’s decision and sending a summons to chief minister arvind kejriwal in an excise policy case, and asked the agency to respect the legal procedure. The delhi high court on wednesday sought the stand of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on a petition by kejriwal challenging the summons issued to him in an excise policy-linked money laundering case.

Meanwhile the investigating agency claimed the petition of the AAP national convenor, which also challenges certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), was not maintainable. Talking to PTI Videos, Atishi said, “The ED is sending multiple summons. The replies to the summons sent by kejriwal questioning their legality have not elicited any response. ED opposed Kejriwal’s application in the high court. They demanded dismissal of application but the high court has sought their response,” she said. A bench headed by Justice suresh Kumar Kait granted two weeks to the ED to file its reply in this regard. kejriwal has moved the court in the wake of the latest summons, the ninth issued by the ED asking him to appear before it on march 21 for questioning under the provisions of the PMLA.

Atishi said “We are asking about the legality of these summons. ED has not replied till now. ED went to the Rouse Avenue court against Kejriwal. Yet, it is not waiting for the court’s decision. We want to tell ED please respect the legal procedure”. The case pertains to alleged corruption in formulating and executing the city government’s excise policy for 2021-22, which was later scrapped. A delhi court had on saturday granted bail to kejriwal on two complaints filed by the ED against him for skipping six of the previous eight summons. The matter would be heard next on april 22.

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