The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued summons to Aam Aadmi Party convenor and Delhi chief ministerArvind Kejriwal to question him on Sunday in connection with its probe into the Delhi excise policy case, people familiar with the development said.
The Delhi CM has been called for questioning as a witness at 11am on Sunday to seek clarifications on certain claims by witnesses and accused persons regarding the formulation and implementation of the policy,” the official said.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged in one of its charge sheets that the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy was the “brainchild” of Kejriwal. The chief minister’s name has also been mentioned on multiple occasions by investigators in court documents including charge sheets and remand papers.
For instance, ED said in its charge sheet filed in January this year that Kejriwal, in a video call arranged by AAP’s communications in-charge Vijay Nair with Sameer Mahendru, told the latter that “Vijay is his boy and that he should trust him”.
Nair had arranged a meeting of the owner of Indo Spirits – Sameer Mahendru (who is part of a super-cartel along with the alleged “South Group”) with Arvind Kejriwal, and when that didn’t materialize, he arranged a video call through FaceTime on his phone for Mahendru and Kejriwal, where Kejriwal said to Mahendru that Vijay (Nair) is his boy and that Mahendru should trust him and carry on with him,” said the ED charge sheet citing Mahendru’s statement recorded on November 15, 2022.
Subsequently, citing a December 7, 2022, statement recorded by former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s then secretary C Arvind, the federal agency has claimed that the decision to fix a 12% profit margin for the wholesale private entities was conveyed to him (C Arvind) at Kejriwal’s residence in mid-March 2021.