Liquor Scam: ED’s Charge Sheet Accuses Kejriwal of Conspiracy and Corruption

New Delhi: In the ongoing investigation into the alleged scam involving Delhi’s liquor policy, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet in the Rouse Avenue Court, implicating Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The ED has labelled Kejriwal as the kingpin and conspirator behind the scam and claims he was aware of the use of bribe money in the Goa elections.

The charge sheet includes WhatsApp chats between Kejriwal and accused Vinod Chauhan, suggesting a close relationship between them. It is alleged that Kavitha’s personal assistant sent Rs 25.5 crore to the Aam Aadmi Party for the Goa elections through Chauhan. The ED asserts that these chats demonstrate Chauhan’s strong connections with Kejriwal.

On Tuesday, the court acknowledged the ED’s charge sheet and summoned Kejriwal to appear on July 12. Kejriwal, who was arrested on March 21 by the ED for alleged money laundering in the liquor policy case, is currently in Tihar gaol. The court has ordered his personal appearance on the specified date.

The charge sheet also details the Proceeds of Crime, including screenshots of hawala note numbers recovered from Vinod Chauhan’s mobile phone. These screenshots, previously obtained by the Income Tax department, reveal how Chauhan allegedly transferred the proceeds of crime from Delhi to Goa through hawala channels. The funds, managed by Chanpreet Singh in Goa, were purportedly intended for use by the Aam Aadmi Party in the Goa elections.

Additionally, the Delhi High Court has scheduled a hearing for July 15 on the ED’s plea against Kejriwal’s bail. The High Court had earlier stayed the trial court’s June 20 order granting bail to Kejriwal. Justice Neena Bansal Krishna was informed by the ED counsel that the agency received Kejriwal’s response to its application only late Tuesday night and requested more time to file their reply.

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