Delhi Liquor Scam: ED Set to File New Charge Sheet Against Arvind Kejriwal

Maharanee Kumari
Delhi Liquor Scam ED Set to File New Charge Sheet Against Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Liquor Scam ED Set to File New Charge Sheet Against Arvind Kejriwal

Investigations into the Delhi liquor scam case intensify as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) gears up to file a new charge sheet against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The supplementary charge sheet, likely to be submitted before May 15.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, entangled in the Delhi liquor scam case and currently incarcerated in Tihar Jail, may face further legal woes as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) gears up to intensify its actions. Reports suggest that the ED is poised to file a new charge sheet against Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the liquor policy scam before May 15, marking nearly 60 days since the arrest of BRS leader Kavita, a key figure in the case.

According to sources cited by the Indian Express, the forthcoming prosecution complaint, anticipated to be a supplementary charge sheet, is in its final drafting stages. It is speculated that the names of four to five additional suspects will feature in this document. Among them, Chanpreet Singh, a Goa-based political operative arrested on April 15 for allegedly funneling funds to AAP during the Goa elections, might be included. Singh's involvement suggests a broader net being cast over individuals allegedly linked to the scam.

Furthermore, reports hint at the potential implication of one or two more individuals in hawala transactions associated with the case, suggesting a widening investigation into alleged bribery received by the AAP. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju hinted at the party's possible indictment during Supreme Court proceedings regarding the bail plea of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who has been in custody since February 2023 in connection with the same case.

As legal proceedings unfold, relief for Kejriwal seems unlikely before May 15. The Delhi High Court has scheduled a hearing on his petitions challenging the ED's summons related to the money laundering investigation into the excise policy. The court has granted Kejriwal time to respond to the agency's submissions, following its earlier refusal to grant interim protection against penal action. Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in connection with the ongoing probe.