Kejriwal questioning ED charge sheet in Delhi excise scam proves his involvement in corruption: BJP

Senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi alleged that the ED charge sheet makes it clear that the "AAP has an alliance with unregulated businesses".

February 03, 2023 05:42 pm | Updated 05:42 pm IST - New Delhi

Senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi | File Photo

Senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi | File Photo | Photo Credit: PTI

The BJP on Friday attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) supplementary charge sheet in the excise scam case and said it proved that he was involved in corruption.

The court on Thursday took cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet filed by the ED against five individuals and seven companies in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy, which was withdrawn last year by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government after a CBI probe was recommended into alleged corruption in its implementation.

Addressing a press conference here, senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi asserted that the ED is a body which is meant to protect the country from corrupt practices.

"Anyone trying to question the ED is trying to question the apex court. The judiciary has upheld that ED's job is to mitigate corruption in the country. The way AAP is questioning the ED, it is becoming clear that Arvind Kejriwal is with those who increase corruption. Kejriwal does not want corruption to end from the country," she alleged.

She alleged that the ED charge sheet makes it clear that the "AAP has an alliance with unregulated businesses".

"ED has proved through investigation that the AAP was indulging in corruption under the guise of liquor policy. Along with this, the agency also revealed that Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were also involved in this," she said.

A part of the alleged ₹100 crore "kickbacks" generated in the scrapped Delhi excise policy was used in the AAP campaign in the 2022 Goa assembly election, the ED claimed in its second charge sheet in the case in which Sisodia is an accused.

Mr. Kejriwal had on Thursday alleged that the cases filed by the agency were "fake" and aimed to "topple" governments or form them.

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