SINGRAULI (MADHYA PRADESH): Delhi chief minister and national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday, chose to not attend a summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding a money laundering case associated with the excise policy scam case.

Arvind Kejriwal to skip ED summons, head to MP for election campaigning

Instead, he conducted a roadshow in Waidhan.
Madhya Pradesh is among the five states slated to conduct elections this year.

The state is set to hold elections in a single phase on November 17, with the vote counting scheduled for December 3.
The Delhi chief minister encouraged the residents of Madhya Pradesh to support his party in the upcoming assembly elections.
He mentioned that he couldn’t predict whether he would be incarcerated or free when the results were announced.

AAP leader sees ‘historic victory’

Nevertheless, he expressed his anticipation that the people would place their trust in the AAP, just as they did in Delhi and Punjab.
“Just like the people of Delhi and Punjab voted for the AAP, the people of Madhya Pradesh will also do the same in the coming days. I don’t know whether I will be in jail or somewhere else on the day of counting, but everyone should say that Arvind Kejriwal came to Singrauli and we gave him a historic victory,” Kejriwal said while addressing a roadshow in Waidhan.
During the roadshow in Waidhan, located in Madhya Pradesh’s Singrauli district, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann joined Arvind Kejriwal.

ED summons

Earlier on Thursday, the Delhi CM requested that the ED retract its notice summoning him for interrogation, asserting that it was “unlawful and driven by political motives.”
The ED had called upon the Delhi CM for an inquiry.
“The said summons is not clear as to the capacity in which I am being summoned i.e. as a witness or a suspect in the above-mentioned case. Please recall the said summons, which is to say the least is vague and motivated and I am advised, unsustainable in law,” Kejriwal stated in his letter to the ED.

‘Ulterior motive’

Furthermore, he alleged that the summons seemed to be politically driven and issued for ulterior motives.
“Simultaneous to the summons, in the afternoon of 30.10.2023, BJP leaders started making statements that soon I would be summoned and arrested. By the evening of that day, I received your summons. It is thus apparent that the said summons was leaked to select BJP leaders to malign my image and reputation and has been issued at the behest of the ruling party at the Centre,” his letter read.
Kejriwal was previously summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April of this year in relation to the same case.
Nonetheless, in the initial First Information Report (FIR) filed by the CBI on August 17 of the previous year, Kejriwal was not listed as a accused.
With agency inputs

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