Delhi Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday issued a summons to Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to appear before it on February 17 after he skipped a series of summons by the Enforcement Directorate.
The court was hearing the complaint filed by ED for noncompliance to the summons issued to him in connection with the ongoing probe in the Delhi Liquor Excise policy 2021-22.
The ED in its plea stated that the accused Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, is a high-ranking public functionary and thus, is expected to obey the law.
The law enforcement agency further said that if such persons holding such high officers disobey the law, then it will set a wrong example for the common man.
The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday told the court that despite numerous summons issued by the complainant Kejriwal failed to appear under the summons/directions issued to him on the various dates.
The ED in its complaint, said instead of attending the summons, Kejriwal raised frivolous objections and deliberately created grounds which clearly show that the chief minister intentionally did not want to obey the summons and kept on giving lame excuses.
The probe agency also said that from the replies Kejriwal sent, it is clear that Arvind Kejriwal intended to disobey the summons and to create a false pretext to camouflage such intention of disobedience of summons.
The ED had on February 3 filed a fresh complaint case against Kejriwal for non-compliance of its summons. Kejriwal on Friday last skipped the fifth summons, which the ED issued to him on Wednesday.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor had earlier written a letter to the ED, terming the summonses as “illegal and politically motivated”. He alleged they were aimed at preventing him from campaigning in elections.