Enforcement Directorate to make Aam Admi Party accused in Delhi Excise Policy case

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May 14,2024 06:48 PM
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The Enforcement Directorate has told the Delhi high court that it will make the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) an accused in the liquor policy case.

Delhi, India, May 14 (HBTV): The Enforcement Directorate has told the Delhi high court that it will make the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) an accused in the liquor policy case. The central agency made the submission while the court was considering AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s plea seeking bail in the case.         

It stated that the AAP would be made an accused in the supplementary charge sheet. Meanwhile, Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court deferred to May 20 the hearing of arguments on consideration of the sixth supplementary charge sheet filed by the ED in connection with the Delhi liquor excise policy.      

The court also extended the judicial custody of Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha till May 20. Manish Sisodia, once Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's deputy in the Delhi government, has been in jail since February the previous year. His bail applications were turned down by several courts.           

The Enforcement Directorate has accused several AAP leaders including Arvind Kejriwal of accepting kickbacks in return for formulating a liquor policy favorable to the interests of 'South Group', an alleged group of liquor businessmen and politicians.                         

The agency has also claimed that a portion of the alleged proceeds of the crime was used by the Aam Aadmi Party to fund its campaign for the Goa assembly elections. In March, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with investigations in a case of money laundering linked to the Delhi excise policy case.              

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court released him on interim bail till June 1, in view of the Lok Sabha elections. The court, however, ordered Kejriwal not to engage in engage in administrative work as Delhi’s chief minister.