Delhi Excise Policy case: After Kejriwal’s arrest, now Delhi minister Kailash Gahlot gets ED summons

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New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was on Saturday summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with its money laundering probe into the now-scrapped excise policy case for the national capital. Gahlot currently holds the home, law and order and transport portfolios in the Delhi government.

Gahlot, 49, is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Najafgarh and holds the transport, home and law portfolios in the Delhi government.

Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in connection with the same case which has seen multiple leaders of the party getting jailed over charges of corruption and money laundering.

Reportedly, Gahlot has been asked to appear for questioning in the case and get his statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

He is expected to be questioned with regard to the formulation of the policy as he was part of the Group of Ministers (GoM) along with former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and former minister Satyendar Jain in preparing and implementing the new liquor policy for 2021-22.

The agency had mentioned Gahlot’s name in its chargesheet and about Vijay Nair, the AAP communications in-charge, arrested earlier in the case. The ED alleged Nair lived in the government bungalow allotted to Gahlot, who “ironically” lives in Najafgarh in southwest Delhi promoting scrutiny of the arrangements.

Describing this practice of allowing the use of a government residence to someone else by a public servant as a “criminal breach of trust”, the ED had said it had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take action in the matter.

Delhi excise policy case

The case relates to allegations of corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22, which was later scrapped. AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh were arrested by the ED in the case earlier and are in judicial custody till date.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the liquor policy. Subsequently, the ED registered a case under the PMLA.

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