Explained: Why ED Arrested Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Liquor Policy Scam?

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Kejriwal had previously ignored eight summons issued by the federal agency, alleging they were "illegal and politically motivated." This case involves allegations of corruption and money laundering related to the Delhi excise policy, carrying significant political implications.

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Delhi liquor policy scandal on 21/03/2024 from his official residence.

The case in which CM Delhi was arrested yesterday is based upon the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22, which was later, scrapped.

Allegations suggest that deliberate loopholes in the policy facilitated the formation of cartels.

According to the ED, AAP leaders received kickbacks totalling ₹100 crore related to the excise policy.

Kejriwal name has been mentioned multiple times in the charge sheets filed by the ED.

Allegations:

The ED alleges that the scam aimed to privatize the wholesale liquor business and set a fixed 12% margin, resulting in a 6% kickback.

The policy was purportedly designed to benefit AAP leaders.

Kejriwal's Arrest:

Following searches at Kejriwal's official residence, the ED questioned him for nearly two hours.

His arrest came after the Delhi High Court declined to grant him interim protection from coercive action.

Kejriwal is the first Chief Minister to be arrested by the agency while in office.

Other AAP Leaders:

Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, both AAP leaders, are already in judicial custody in connection with this case.

Kejriwal had previously ignored eight summons issued by the federal agency, alleging they were "illegal and politically motivated."

This case involves allegations of corruption and money laundering related to the Delhi excise policy, carrying significant political implications.

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