Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal strongly criticized the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday, just hours before he was scheduled to appear at the ED office in response to a summons. Kejriwal declared the ED notice as illegal and politically motivated, alleging that it was orchestrated by the BJP to hinder his election campaign efforts in four states. He urged the ED to withdraw the notice immediately. It remains uncertain whether Kejriwal would attend the ED summons, indicating a potential conflict with the agency.
Kejriwal’s Potential Arrest and Contingency Plans
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) expressed concerns about the possibility of Kejriwal’s arrest following the interrogation. In anticipation of this situation, the party had devised a backup plan. Additionally, AAP minister Raaj Kumar Anand was also brought under the ED’s scrutiny in a separate money laundering case related to false declarations in imports, customs evasion exceeding ₹7 crore, and international hawala transactions.
Dear Mr Arvind Kejriwal
Stop your excuses & drama
Answer the specific questions on Sharab Ghotala
Are SC, courts doing vendetta?
Congress itself has said Sharab Ghotala took place under your patronage- are they vindictive too?
Answer these questions ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/oleqdYpXVS
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) November 2, 2023
BJP’s Critique of Kejriwal’s Response
Reacting to Kejriwal’s response, BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala criticized AAP, stating that this was not the time for Kejriwal’s theatrics. He urged Kejriwal to comply with the ED summons instead of resorting to dramatic statements. Poonawala questioned Kejriwal’s claims of victimization, asking if the courts and even Congress leaders were conspiring against him.
This development adds to the ongoing political tension, with Kejriwal and the AAP facing legal challenges and accusations. The situation remains tense, as both parties engage in verbal sparring, highlighting the political complexities surrounding the case.