Arvind Kejriwal bail hearing: Direct money trail to AAP, have evidence, says ED

A Delhi court today heard Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's bail plea in a money laundering case linked to the Delhi liquor policy, with the Enforcement Directorate presenting evidence of a money trail from the 'South Group' to the Aam Aadmi Party.
Arvind Kejriwal bail hearing: Direct money trail to AAP, have evidence, says ED
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A Delhi court on Thursday reserved its order on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's bail application in a money laundering case related to the alleged excise scam.

Special Judge Niyay Bindu reserved the order after hearing arguments from the accused as well as the Enforcement Directorate on the application.

On Wednesday, the court extended Kejriwal's judicial custody till July 3 in the case.

During the hearing, the Enforcement Directorate today claimed there was a complete and direct money trail of proceeds of transfer from the South Group to the Aam Aadmi Party.

The probe agency's statement came while it opposed Arvind Kejriwal's bail application in the money laundering case.

(Last year, allegations of AAP leaders accepting bribes from a group of southern politicians, whom the Enforcement Directorate later designated as the 'South Group', surfaced.)

In the court, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate, said the probe agency was not investigating in the air, and that there was concrete evidence in the case.

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Arvind Kejriwal bail hearing: Direct money trail to AAP, have evidence, says ED

"There are documents showing the payments," the ASG said, as he referred to documents regarding certain transactions.

The ASG also referred to a previous order denying bail to Chanpreet Singh, who was arrested in April this year, and allegedly "managed" the AAP's funds for the Goa assembly elections.

"Chanpreet Singh received huge cash amounts from entrepreneurs and paid bills for the hotel for Arvind Kejriwal. He was handling Goa elections and was supervising the campaign. Therefore, he received the cash," he told the court.

Referring to the Enforcement Directorate's reply, where the probe agency presented a screenshot of a currency note, the ASG said, "It's not that the Enforcement Directorate is doing an investigation in the air. There is concrete evidence."

Further, the ASG said, "Chanpreet is regularly in touch with Vinod Chauhan (another accused in the liquor policy case) via WhatsApp. We have established that cash has gone."

"Now establishing a link that Arvind Kejriwal had good relations with Vinod Chauhan. What has a Chief Minister to do with a person who has actually transferred cash for Goa elections? This shows the link," he told the court.

Source: India Today

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