New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday raided the premises of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s secretary Bibhav Kumar, Rajya Sabha member ND Gupta and other members of the Aam Aadmi Party.
As per sources, the agency has searched 10 locations linked to the personal secretary as part of its money laundering probe in the Delhi Jal Board case.
Sources said the probe was related to the issuance of allegedly illegal DJB contracts for various projects valued at over Rs 30 crore.
The agency arrested the former chief engineer Jagdish Kumar Arora of the Jal board under PMLA law last month. They also arrested a businessman on similar charges.
The raids come days after the ED filed a complaint at the Rouse Avenue court against Kejriwal for non-appearance to its repeated summons in the Delhi liquor policy case. The court will hear the matter on February 7.
Reacting to the ED raids, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Minister Atishi alleged that the ED is threatening witnesses to speak against AAP leaders so that cases can be filed against them.
She added that for the last 2 years, AAP leaders have been threatened in the name of this so-called liquor scam, but after hundreds of raids in two years, ED has not been able to recover even a single rupee.”.
Welcoming the raids, Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva said, “Arvind Kejriwal and all their associates are involved in corruption, and the investigating agency is working to expose corruption.”.
“The prime minister said that every penny looted from the government treasury will be taken back. We welcome the action being taken by the investigating agency,” he added.