Delhi court takes cognizance of ED's supplementary charge sheet against CM Kejriwal

Delhi court takes cognizance of ED's supplementary charge sheet against CM Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday took cognisance of the Enforcement Directorate’s chargesheet, making Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused in the excise policy case.

Special Judge Kaveri Baweja of Rouse Avenue Court issued production warrants for Kejriwal and ordered him to appear before the Court on July 12. The ED filed the eighth chargesheet in the case on May 17, naming AAP and Kejriwal as the accused.

In the excise policy case, the central probe agency has likened AAP to a “company” and Kejriwal its “director”. As per the observation made by the Court last month, a political party means “an association” or “a body of individuals” and falls under the ambit of PMLA.

The ED arrested Kejriwal, also the national convenor of the AAP, from his official residence on March 21. The 55-year-old CM was earlier called the “kingpin and key conspirator” of the excise “scam” by the ED. It is alleged he acted in collusion with Delhi government ministers, AAP leaders, and others. The case pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22, which was later scrapped.

AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta alleged that the BJP-led Centre is hatching a “huge conspiracy” against AAP. Gupta also accused the BJP of wanting to finish off AAP, which governs Punjab and Delhi, at any cost. The AAP leader claimed the ED failed to recover any “corruption money” in the case.

The Delhi High Court asked Sunita Kejriwal to file her response to a petition against her for allegedly sharing a recording of the trial court proceedings.

The HC has refused to dismiss a plea challenging the election of AAP leader Durgesh Kumar Pathak in the 2022 Assembly by-elections. Pathak had emerged victorious in the Rajinder Nagar constituency, defeating his competitor by a margin of 11,468 votes. Rajan Tewari, petitioner and a voter from the Assembly, has alleged that Pathak did not disclose criminal antecedents and holding an office of profit at the time of nomination scrutiny, and suppressed his I-T returns.

The HC has dismissed a plea challenging the merger of Tata SIA Airlines (Vistara) and Air India. Justice Sanjeev Narula while dismissing the plea on July 5 noted that given the absence of any substantiated claims and the apparent malicious intent behind the allegations, the present petition lacks merit. The petitioner, Captain Deepak Kumar, had alleged bid rigging and cartelization in the merger process.

The HC on Tuesday asked the authorities to publicise child helpline number 1098 to deal with instances of begging by children in the national capital. The court, while dealing with a PIL against child begging, was informed by the Delhi government that any person can report suwch an incident on the helpline, and a mechanism has been created to then counsel and send the child to either their parental home or a child care institution.