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Delhi Court grants bail to CM Kejriwal in ED’s complaints over non-compliance of summons


) The ACMM Court here on Saturday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in two complaints filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him for skipping summons in a money laundering case linked to the Excise Policy case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Divya Malhotra after hearing granted bail to Kejriwal in both ED complaints on furnishing a bail bond of Rs. 15,000 and a surety bond of Rs. 1 Lakh.

The court adjourned the next hearing in the case on April 1.

CBI Special Judge Rakesh Syal after hearing on Friday declined to stay the summons issued against Kejriwal by ACMM Court, which directed him to appear before the court today.

ED had moved two criminal complaints against Kejriwal for non-compliance of summons before the ACMM court at Rouse Avenue, New Delhi and matter was fixed for Saturday for appearance of Kejriwal.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Divya Malhotra after taking cognizance of Enforcement Directorate (ED) complaints issued summons to Kejriwal for his personal appearance on March 16.

Government counsel submitted earlier that as per the mandate of Section 50(3) of the Act, the respondent/ proposed accused was legally bound to comply with the summons but allegedly he failed to do so.

He submitted that every non-compliance of the summons by a public servant would tantamount to a separate offence.

In this matter, Enforcement Directorate has alleged that the Excise Policy was implemented as part of a conspiracy to give wholesale business profit of 12 percent to certain private companies.

ED has alleged that the accused were in touch with Kejriwal regarding the preparation of the Excise policy for 2021-22.

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