In a late-night development on Wednesday, Delhi ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took to Twitter to claim that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was planning to raid the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday morning. The startling revelation was accompanied by the ominous assertion that Kejriwal’s arrest was likely to follow the raid. This news comes in the wake of Kejriwal’s repeated non-compliance with ED summons related to an alleged liquor scam, a move that has drawn criticism from political rivals, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
ED Summons and Kejriwal’s Response:
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and a prominent figure in Indian politics, has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate multiple times in connection with an alleged liquor scam. The latest summons was met with defiance as Kejriwal skipped the appointment for the third time, asserting that the summons were illegal. The controversy surrounding the ED summons has become a focal point of political debate, with Kejriwal’s critics questioning his motives and accusing him of evading accountability
Late-Night Tweets Raise Alarm:
The information about the impending ED raid and potential arrest of Arvind Kejriwal was first brought to public attention through late-night tweets by AAP ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj. At 11:50 pm on Wednesday, Atishi tweeted, “News coming in that ED is going to raid @ArvindKejriwal’s residence tmrw morning. Arrest likely.” Saurabh Bharadwaj echoed this sentiment in Hindi just two minutes later, stating, “Got to know ED will be reaching Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house tomorrow morning and is likely to arrest him.” These tweets sent shockwaves through the political landscape, intensifying the already charged atmosphere surrounding Kejriwal’s legal troubles.
Unsurprisingly, the BJP seized the opportunity to criticize Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP. The BJP questioned Kejriwal’s repeated non-compliance with the ED summons and accused him of abandoning his colleagues, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, who are currently in jail in connection with the Liquor Excise scam. The BJP’s official Twitter account posted, “What is Arvind Kejriwal scared of? Has he abandoned Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, who continue to be in jail in the Liquor Excise scam.”
Kejriwal’s Previous Excuses:
Arvind Kejriwal had previously skipped the ED summons on November 2, citing administrative duties in Delhi ahead of Diwali and election campaigning in Madhya Pradesh. The second summons on December 21 coincided with Kejriwal’s departure for vipassana, a meditation retreat. In response to the ED’s summons, Kejriwal wrote on December 3, claiming he was occupied with the Rajya Sabha elections and expressed willingness to answer the questionnaire if provided. He also highlighted the lack of response from the agency regarding his earlier letters seeking more context on the reasons behind the summonses.
The unfolding events, marked by the late-night tweets from AAP ministers and the impending ED raid, have intensified the political drama surrounding Arvind Kejriwal. As the day unfolds, the nation watches with bated breath to see whether the ED will indeed carry out the anticipated raid and whether Kejriwal’s arrest will become a reality. The repercussions of this situation could significantly impact the political landscape in Delhi and beyond, making it a pivotal moment in the ongoing saga of Kejriwal’s legal troubles.