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ED names CM Arvind Kejriwal, AAP as accused in fresh excise policy chargesheet | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate on Friday filed a fresh chargesheet against CM Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before a special court here in the capital’s excise policy case, spelling out his alleged role in money laundering.
Though the agency did not disclose details of the charges slapped on Kejriwal, sources said he has been accused in his “personal capacity” as well as for “vicarious role” in his capacity as AAP’s national convenor.
It is the first time a political party has been chargesheeted in a money laundering case under PMLA.
The special court will examine the chargesheet on Saturday, and the case against Kejriwal, former deputy CM Manish Sisodia and their party is likely to move into the fast lane should it take cognisance of ED’s submissions.

ED names Del CM, AAP as accused in fresh excise policy chargesheet.

7th Supplementary Chargesheet By ED
The filing of the chargesheet came on a day Supreme Court reserved its verdict in the case where Kejriwal has challenged the legality of his March 21 arrest by the investigating agency. On May 10, the SC had granted him interim bail to campaign in the parliamentary elections. This is the seventh supplementary chargesheet filed by ED in the liquor scam case in which at least 38 individuals and companies have been accused of involvement. As reported by TOI earlier, ED has invoked Section 70 of PMLA which deals with companies to make AAP an accused in the money laundering case.
This particular section of PMLA says “every person who, at the time the contravention was committed, was in charge of and was responsible to the company, for the conduct of the business of the company as well as the company, shall be deemed guilty of the contravention and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly”. Kejriwal, being the national convenor and head of the party, has been held responsible for all irregularities of the party and for the alleged kickbacks received from the South Group and used for the party’s Goa election campaign. “As per the investigation done so far, the proceeds of crime of about Rs 45 crore, which was part of the bribes received from the South Group, was used in the election campaign of AAP in Goa in 2021-22,” the ED had earlier said in its remand note after the arrest of Kejriwal, naming him as the kingpin of the liquor scam.
“AAP is headed by Arvind Kejriwal (national convenor) which functions through the members of the national executive and political affairs committee such as Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh and other members of the party,” ED had said on the involvement of the chief minister and his senior colleagues in decision-making of the party which is now an accused.

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Once charges against AAP are framed in court under the stringent PMLA, the party risks facing actions from the EC on possible de-recognition. “Even though existing laws and rules do not have any provision for de-recognition of a party on grounds of corruption, Article 324 of the Constitution (which vests superintendence, direction and control of elections in EC) gives EC wide powers to exercise discretion and de-recognise a party for corruption,” former senior legal adviser to EC S K Mendiratta had told TOI earlier.

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