'If arrested, Arvind Kejriwal will run Delhi government from jail': AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will run the Delhi government from jail if he is arrested in the coming days, referring to the summons sent to him by the Enforcement Directorate in the Delhi liquor policy case.
After Kejriwal was called for questioning in a money laundering case linked to the now-defunct Delhi liquor policy, the AAP alleged that this was a "conspiracy" by the Modi government to put Kejriwal in jail.
Talking to reporters about the meeting between AAP MLAs and Kejriwal, Delhi minister Atishi said all legislators told the Chief Minister not to resign from his post despite the ED summons.
"We told him not to resign as Delhi people have voted for Kejriwal. Even if he goes to jail, Arvind Kejriwal will continue to be the chief minister of Delhi," Atishi said, adding that AAP will ask the court for permission to conduct cabinet meetings in jail.
"The Delhi government will run from jail," she said.
Saurabh Bhardwaj and Atishi said that Arvind Kejriwal would also hold a meeting with party councillors soon.
The ED had called Kejriwal for questioning in the money laundering case linked to the alleged liquor policy scam on November 2.
However, according to sources, the AAP leader skipped the summons by the financial watchdog, saying that they were "illegal and politically motivated". He had further alleged that the summons were sent at the request of the BJP.
Kejriwal was summoned by the ED in the same case that resulted in the arrest of his former deputy Manish Sisodia in February this year and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh on October 4.
In April, Kejriwal was questioned for nearly nine hours by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a corruption case linked to the Delhi liquor policy.
On November 1, Kejriwal's party alleged that the Delhi Chief Minister would be the first to be arrested as part of the BJP's plan to target key INDIA bloc leaders ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
DELHI LIQUOR POLICY CASE
The Delhi government's now-scrapped excise policy for 2021-22 is being probed by the ED and the CBI, as it allegedly favoured certain liquor dealers. According to the central probe agencies, the policy resulted in cartelisation and those ineligible for liquor licences were favoured for monetary benefits.
However, Kejriwal and his party have denied the allegations and claimed that the new policy would have led to an increase in revenue share.