Arvind Kejriwal Granted Anticipatory Bail in ED Summons Case: Misses Appearances on 8 Summons, Agency Approaches Delhi Court

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appeared in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court. He was granted bail when the proceedings began. He has furnished a bail bond of Rs. 15,000.

This case is related to an application filed by the ED. He was summoned to appear in court on March 7th. The hearing took place in Rouse Avenue Court on Friday (March 15). During this time, the court instructed Kejriwal to appear. However, the Chief Minister had sought exemption from appearing in person.

The ED has issued 8 summons to Kejriwal so far. Kejriwal has not appeared before the agency even once. After this, the investigating agency had filed two complaints against Kejriwal in court.

Courtroom Proceedings

Court: Is the accused present?

Gupta: Yes, they are present in the court, and you can grant them a bail bond order. After this, Kejriwal can go and keep the proceedings on.

Court: A bond of Rs. 15,000 is approved. Kejriwal can leave the court. Lawyers need to remain present in court for now.

ED: Let me see the documents of this case once.

Court: The allegations are bondable, and the accused has sought bail.

Kejriwal’s Lawyers State: CM Has Responded to Every Summons from ED

On March 15, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju appeared in a single bench of the Special Judge (CBI) Rakesh Syal in the Rouse Avenue Court while ED was present. Representing Arvind Kejriwal were senior advocates Ramesh Gupta and Rajiv Mohan. Kejriwal’s lawyers stated that the Chief Minister of Delhi has responded to every summons from the ED. 

They emphasized that as the Chief Minister, he cannot always be present before the ED. Before filing a complaint against Kejriwal in court, the ED did not provide any notice regarding the reasons.

When Kejriwal did not appear for questioning by the Delhi Chief Minister on February 5th, the ED had filed an application in the Rouse Avenue Court. 

On February 14th, Kejriwal appeared virtually in court due to discussions on the confidence proposal and budget session in the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Following this, the court had finalized the date for the next hearing on March 16th.

ED Issues 8 Summons to Arvind Kejriwal in the Link Road Scam Case

In the ongoing investigation of the Link Road Scam case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a total of 8 summons to Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal was summoned on February 27th, February 26th, February 22nd, February 2nd, January 17th, January 3rd, December 21st, and November 2nd. However, he has not appeared for questioning even once.

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