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Delhi Jal Board case: Arvind Kejriwal to skip ED summons: AAP.
Mar 18, 2024 12:15 pm

Arvind Kejriwal would ignore the Enforcement Directorate summons for a Delhi Jal Board money laundering probe. The Aam Aadmi Party stated Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will ignore the Enforcement Directorate summons in connection with a money laundering probe related to alleged DJB violations. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) called the summons "illegal" and accused the BJP government of targeting Kejriwal using the Enforcement Directorate (ED).The Prevention of Money Laundering Act required Arvind Kejriwal to appear at the Enforcement Directorate on APJ Abdul Kalam Road on March 18 to give his statement. Before summoning Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP hinted at a “political conspiracy”. The party called it a “backup” strategy to prevent him from Lok Sabha campaigning. Who knows about the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) case. At a news conference, Delhi minister Atishi stated this was a backup plan to arrest Kejriwal and prevent him from campaigning in Lok Sabha.Arvind Kejriwal is also under investigation for money laundering relating to Delhi excise policy. He had dismissed eight summonses as "illegitimate". In that case, ED summoned him for questioning on March 21. The case involves a CBI FIR alleging irregularities in a DJB contract issued to NKG Infrastructure Ltd. for ₹38 crore, while neglecting technical eligibility standards. In the DJB case, the ED alleges that corrupt monies from a Delhi government contract were used to bankroll the ruling AAP's election campaign. The agency claimed that the DJB contract was issued at "highly inflated rates" to solicit contractor bribery. The contract was worth ₹38 crore, but only ₹17 crore was spent, with the rest being diverted to fictitious expenses. Fake bribe and election fund expenses were booked "ED claimed.In February, the agency raided Kejriwal's personal assistant, an AAP Rajya Sabha MP, a former DJB member, a chartered accountant, and others' homes as part of its investigation. ED apprehended contract-related parties. On January 31, DJB former head engineer Jagdish Kumar Arora and contractor Anil Kumar Aggarwal were detained. ED stated NKG Infrastructure Ltd. won the bid with "forged" paperwork that Arora "was aware of the fact that the company does not meet the technical eligibility".