ED raids residence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s PS, persons linked to AAP | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday conducted searches at the residences of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s personal secretary, Bibhav Kumar, and some people associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
According to reports, around 10 premises in the national capital are being covered as part of these raids.
The search operations are part of the ongoing investigation into alleged financial irregularities and money laundering case.
Last week, Enforcement Directorate moved a special court seeking compliance to repeated summonses issued to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to appear before the investigating officers of the agency probing the alleged Delhi liquor scam in which AAP government’s excise policy was allegedly rigged to favour a cartel of liquor traders.
After a brief hearing on the complaint filed by ED, the judge posted the matter for hearing on February 7.
Kejriwal has already skipped five summonses issued to him, dubbing them as illegal on grounds that he was not an accused in the case.
The plea in the court against the Delhi CM marked a switch of tack on part of ED which last week arrested Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren after the latter refused to respond to corruption charges.
ED officials maintain that Kejriwal’s disregard of summonses can be seen as him being evasive and not cooperating with the investigation: reason enough for the agency to arrest him and approach the court for custodial interrogation.

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