This is the third time Arvind Kejriwal has refused to appear before the investigation agency.
The Aam Aadmi Party has announced that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not appear for questioning in the Delhi liquor policy case today. The AAP claimed that the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate were illegal and that the only goal was to arrest Mr Kejriwal.
This was Mr Kejriwal’s third summons, following his refusal to appear before the probe agency on two previous summonses on November 2 and December 21.
The Aam Aadmi Party claimed that Mr Kejriwal was willing to cooperate with the agency, but that the summons was sent with the intent of arresting him.
Why was the notice sent so close to the election season? The party claimed that the notice is an attempt to prevent Kejriwal from participating in election campaigns.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had questioned the AAP chief in April regarding the case, but the agency had not officially accused him.
There has been a great deal of conjecture that the Enforcement Directorate would arrest the chief minister of Delhi following his interrogation ever since the agency sent out its first summons. Similar statements have also been made by a number of AAP leaders.
Former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was arrested in February in connection with the case, and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh was taken into custody in October.