In 7th chargesheet, ED says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal kingpin of excise ‘scam’, AAP ‘major beneficiary of proceeds of crime’ | Delhi News

In 7th chargesheet, ED says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal kingpin of excise ‘scam’, AAP ‘major beneficiary of proceeds of crime’

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate has described chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as the “kingpin and key conspirator” and Aam Aadmi Party as the “major beneficiary of proceeds of crime” in its seventh supplementary chargesheet in the case related to financial irregularities alleged in the now scrapped excise policy of 2021-22.
On Tuesday, the court of special judge Kaveri Baweja took cognisance of the 208-page chargesheet that named Kejriwal and AAP as the accused.ED said in the chargesheet that the CM “knowingly involved in the use of proceeds of crime generated in the Goa election campaign of AAP” in 2022 and was “intrinsically and actually involved in the entire conspiracy” in the alleged scam. The chargesheet deals with Rs 100 crore of the Rs 1,100 crore alleged to be involved overall.

In seventh chargesheet, ED trains its guns on Kejriwal (1).

The chargesheet claims that that Kejriwal demanded Rs 100 crore kickbacks from the members of the South Group for the liquor sale contract, of which Rs 45 crore was spent on the Goa elections.
ED insisted that Kejriwal claimed Vijay Nair, former AAP communications-in-charge and co-accused in the excise policy case, worked under minister Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj, not him. It also claimed that CM said Durgesh Pathak was the state prabhari (in-charge) for Goa and managed the funds and he himself had no role in fund-related decisions and hadn’t received kickbacks from K Kavita, Bharat Rashtra Samithi functionary and accused.
The agency has included screenshots of chats between Kejriwal and Vinod Chauhan to show the two had a close relationship. ED said the screenshot of hawala note numbers retrieved from Chauhan’s phone matched those in the data seized by income tax officers. The agency said this proved Chauhan was involved in transferring Rs 25 crore through hawala for Goa elections.
The chargesheet also claims that Chauhan’s proximity to CM is apparent from the way he managed postings of the Delhi Jal Board officials.
The chargesheet alleges that Kejriwal “personally utilised” a part of proceeds of crime because Chanpreet Singh, who managed the funds sent by Chauhan to Goa, booked a stay for him in a five-star hotel in Goa in Nov 2021. ED claimed that Singh had been unable to explain the reason for this payment. “This is a complete and direct money trail of the proceeds of crime transferred from the South Group to the AAP elections,” reads the chargesheet.
Pointing out that Kejriwal “wilfully disobeyed” nine summons sent to him by ED for questioning in the case, the chargesheet claimed that in his evasive replies to queries, the CM said he was unaware about more than 10 meetings Nair had with the other co-accused in the liquor business including liquor manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and middlemen like Dinesh Arora and Abhishek Boinpally.
Even when confronted with evidence about the hawala transfer of approximately Rs 45 crore corroborated by phone call detail record, records, data seized by income tax department from a Goa firm and WhatsApp messages showing arrangements for part of the payments being made in cash and partly as bills, Arvind Kejriwal claimed no knowledge of these, the chargesheet says.

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