Arvind Kejriwal appears before Delhi Court via Video conference in ED Summons Case

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal participated in a videoconferencing session before the Delhi Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday, seeking exemption from physical appearance for the day. This move comes in light of the ongoing Budget session and a confidence motion called by Kejriwal in the Delhi Assembly. The appearance was in response to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) summons issued against him for non-appearance in a case related to the excise policy.

Kejriwal, through his counsel, indicated that he would physically appear on the next hearing date. During the videoconference, he informed the court about the concurrent assembly activities and the ongoing budget session, explaining his inability to be physically present on this particular occasion. The court has scheduled the next hearing for March 16.

The Delhi court had previously directed the Aam Aadmi Party national convenor to appear on February 17, acknowledging that prima facie, Kejriwal was “legally bound” to comply with the summons issued by the ED. 

The probe agency had taken action after Kejriwal missed five summonses related to a money laundering case linked to Delhi’s liquor policy. Subsequently, a sixth summons was issued, requiring Kejriwal’s deposition before the ED on February 19.