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'Kingpin' Arvind Kejriwal is accused number 37 in ED's new chargesheet in Delhi excise policy case

Delhi excise policy case: The Delhi High Court has listed ED's plea, challenging the bail granted to Arvind Kejriwal by the trial court, on July 15. He was granted bail by the trial court on June 20, which was later stayed by the High Court.

Reported By : Atul Bhatia Edited By : Sheenu Sharma
New Delhi
Updated on: July 10, 2024 15:20 IST
Arvind Kejriwal, Kingpin Arvind Kejriwal is accused number 37 in ED new chargesheet, Delhi excise po
Image Source : PTI (FILE) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi excise policy case: In the latest development in the Delhi excise policy case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a new chargesheet with CM Arvind Kejriwal as accused number 37 out of a total of 38 conspirators. The new chargesheet has been filed regarding the charges of money laundering which stemmed from the Delhi Excise policy case. Moreover, the chargesheet also mentions Kejriwal as the kingpin and the key conspirator.

According to the chargesheet, he was aware of and involved in the use of bribe money in the Goa elections. The details of the WhatsApp chat between Arvind Kejriwal and accused Vinod Chauhan were mentioned in the chargesheet of ED. It is alleged that K Kavitha's PA had sent over Rs 25 crore to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) through Vinod during the Goa elections. It is clear from the chat that Vinod Chauhan had good relations with Arvind Kejriwal. 

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High Court lists ED’s plea against bail to Kejriwal in money laundering case for July 15

The Delhi High Court today (July 10) listed for July 15 the Enforcement Directorate's plea challenging bail granted to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the money laundering case stemming from the alleged excise scam. The high court had earlier stayed the trial court’s June 20 order by which Kejriwal was granted bail in the case.

Justice Neena Bansal Krishna, who was scheduled to hear the plea, was informed by the counsel for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that they were served with Kejriwal’s reply to their petition only late Tuesday night and the agency requires some time to file a rejoinder.

While the probe agency’s lawyer submitted that the copy of the reply was served to them at 11 PM on Tuesday, Kejriwal’s counsel maintained that it was served to the investigating officer (IO) of the case at 1 PM.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, mentioned the matter before the court, saying a specific time be fixed for the hearing as there is extreme urgency in the case.

However, Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the ED, submitted that the agency was served with the reply copy of Kejriwal only on Tuesday night and they need some time to go through the response and file their rejoinder to it.

He contended that the documents are supposed to be served to the advocate appearing in the case and not the IO.

Opposing the agency’s argument, Kejriwal’s lawyer urged the court to hear the matter during the day itself and alleged that the ED wanted to prolong the case. The court, however, said it is not disputed that the ED was served with the reply copy on Tuesday and the agency was entitled to file a rejoinder to it.

The court granted time to the ED to file its rejoinder and listed the matter for hearing on July 15.

On June 20, Kejriwal was granted bail by a trial court here on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh. The ED moved the high court the next day and contended that the trial court's order was "perverse", "one-sided" and "wrong-sided" and that the findings were based on irrelevant facts.

The high court, on June 21, imposed an interim stay on the trial court’s bail order till passing of an order on ED’s application for interim relief. It had issued notice and asked Kejriwal to file a reply to ED’s petition.

On June 25, the high court passed a detailed order staying the trial court’s order granting bail to Kejriwal. Kejriwal was arrested by the ED and the CBI on March 21 and June 26 respectively in the money laundering and corruption cases. The excise policy was scrapped in 2022 after the Delhi lieutenant governor ordered a CBI probe into alleged irregularities and corruption involving its formulation and execution.

According to the CBI and the ED, irregularities were committed while modifying the excise policy and undue favours extended to licence holders.

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