ED Files Chargesheet, Names Kejriwal as Key Conspirator in Money Laundering Case

GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 10th July. 
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a new chargesheet naming Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the key conspirator in the Delhi Excise policy case, alleging his involvement in money laundering related to the Goa elections. Kejriwal is accused number 37 out of a total of 38 conspirators listed in the chargesheet.

According to the ED, Kejriwal was allegedly aware of and involved in the transfer of over Rs 25 crore to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during the Goa elections through accused Vinod Chauhan, as evidenced by WhatsApp chats retrieved by the agency.

In response to Kejriwal being granted bail in the money laundering case by a trial court on June 20, the Delhi High Court has listed the ED’s plea challenging this decision for hearing on July 15. The high court had earlier stayed the trial court’s bail order, citing the need to examine the ED’s petition against the bail.

During today’s proceedings, Justice Neena Bansal Krishna was informed by the ED’s counsel about the recent developments, including the agency’s receipt of Kejriwal’s reply to their petition late on Tuesday night. The court granted the ED time to file a rejoinder in response to Kejriwal’s reply, which was contested by the Chief Minister’s legal team.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, emphasized the urgency of the matter and requested a prompt hearing, while the Additional Solicitor General S V Raju sought time to review the reply and prepare a rejoinder.

The ED had earlier moved the high court arguing that the trial court’s bail order was based on irrelevant facts and was flawed. The high court subsequently imposed an interim stay on the bail order and directed Kejriwal to respond to the ED’s petition.

The Delhi Excise policy, under scrutiny for alleged irregularities, was scrapped in 2022 following orders for a CBI probe by the Delhi lieutenant governor. Both the CBI and the ED have been investigating alleged corruption and irregularities surrounding the formulation and execution of the policy.

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