Delhi Liquor Scam / ED filed charge sheet against Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party

Vikrant Shekhawat : May 17, 2024, 06:13 PM
Delhi Liquor Scam: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against both Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi liquor scam case. Earlier, during the hearing of the petition given in the Supreme Court against the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal, the Enforcement Directorate had claimed that it would file a charge sheet against the Aam Aadmi Party today itself in the case related to Delhi liquor scam. A 200-page charge sheet has been filed against Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court. A total of 8 chargesheets have been filed in this case so far, out of which there is one main and 7 supplementary chargesheets.

Kejriwal mastermind

According to sources, ED has said in the charge sheet that along with Manish Sisodia and K Kavita, Arvind Kejriwal is also the mastermind of this case. ED has named Aam Aadmi Party as an accused in this charge sheet. This is the first time that a political party has been named as an accused in a money laundering investigation.

Money used in Goa elections

According to sources, ED has said that AAP is liable to be prosecuted as a company under Section 70 of PMLA. ED says money laundering investigation reveals that the proceeds of this crime were used by the Aam Aadmi Party for its Goa election campaign. Aam Aadmi Party spent Rs 45 crore in Goa election campaign.

Hearing on Kejriwal's arrest in Supreme Court

Earlier, during the hearing of the petition against Kejriwal's arrest in the Supreme Court, ASG V Raju claimed that money was sent to the party through Hawala. During the hearing, Justice Sanjeev Khanna said that if you have evidence...but generally the investigating officer should not arrest unless he has enough evidence to prove him 'guilty'. This should be the standard.

Kejriwa has to surrender on June 2

ED had arrested Arvind Kejriwal on March 21. On May 10, the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Kejriwal for 21 days. He has to surrender on June 2. This petition has been filed on behalf of Kejriwal calling his arrest illegal. The bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Dipankar Dutta is hearing the case. If the court finds Kejriwal's arrest illegal then he will not have to go to jail. If this does not happen then they will have to go to jail.

Evidence of hawala transfer

Justice Khanna said that ED says that they have evidence of hawala transfer from Andhra Pradesh to Goa elections. On this, Kejriwal's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that this is no evidence on the basis of arrest. Whereas ASG Raju objected to Singhvi's answer.

Arrest cannot be made: Singhvi

Singhvi said that when Kejriwal was arrested, whatever material the ED had was before July-August 2023. This is the focus of the Supreme Court's decision on Mohammad Zubair and Prabir Purkayastha. Singhvi said that the right to freedom is the most important fundamental right. There should be no attempt to commit any kind of violation. The right to be informed about the grounds of arrest comes from Article 21. Merely because the charge sheet has been arrest cannot be made.