According to deputy CM Sisodia, Delhi AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak was summoned by the ED


Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, stated on Monday that the Enforcement Directorate has called AAP lawmaker Durgesh Pathak in connection with an inquiry into excise policy. Sisodia expressed alarm over the summons to Pathak, who is also in charge of the AAP’s campaign for the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections, and questioned whether the organisation had the elections for the MCD in mind.

“Today, the ED called Durgesh Pathak, the AAP’s poll coordinator for the MCD. Why is the excise policy of the Delhi government relevant to our MCD poll in-charge? Is the MCD poll the goal alcohol policy?”

The Delhi Excise Policy 2021–22 was the subject of searches last week by the Enforcement Directorate, which assumed control of the matter from the CBI, which had charged Sisodia in its FIR. The raids were undertaken in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy.

Sisodia is being investigated for alleged procedural errors that gave liquor licensees for the years 2021–2022 excessive advantages during the tendering procedure. The execution of the Delhi excise policy 2021–22 was determined to have at least preliminary violations of the GNCTD Act 1991, the Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR) 1993, the Delhi Excise Act 2009, and the Delhi Excise Rules 2010.

Despite maintaining that the allegations were politically driven, the Kejriwal government withdrew the policy in July after Delhi L-G VK Saxena suggested that the CBI investigate the alleged irregularities.

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, declared that he had no idea what the liquor scandal was all about and urged the Centre to advance the nation instead of “harassing” everyone with the CBI and the ED.

“If the Centre does not do any positive work and keep bothering and scaring everyone with CBI and ED, how will the country progress?” he said during a news conference.