AAP's Jasmine Shah summoned by ED in Delhi liquor policy case

AAP's Jasmine Shah summoned by ED in Delhi liquor policy case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday summoned Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Jasmine Shah in connection with the excise policy case.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's personal assistant Bibhav Kumar was summoned by the probe agency earlier in the day in the same case.

Bibhav Kumar's questioning is related to the ED's charges that at least 36 accused, including Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Kumar, have "destroyed or used" 170 phones to conceal evidence of "kickbacks" worth thousands of crores of rupees in the excise policy scam case, said a PTI report.

Earlier this month, the ED said the AAP used the money generated from the alleged liquor scam for election campaigning in Goa in 2022. "Investigation of the trail of this kickback so far has revealed that part of these funds were used in the election campaign of the AAP," said the ED in the chargesheet filed in the case.

The Delhi liquor policy was scrapped in August, 2022 and Delhi's Lieutenant Governor later asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the alleged irregularities. The ED's money laundering probe stems from the FIR by the CBI.

So far, the ED has filed two chargesheets in this case and has arrested a total of nine people.

The liquor scheme came under the scanner after Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the implementation of Delhi's Excise Policy 2021-22.

The Delhi Excise Policy, implemented from November 17, 2021 was scrapped by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in July 2022 following a CBI probe into its implementation. The ED is investigating the money trail in the alleged scam.