Aam Aadmi Party leaders have stated that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal might face arrest today following a raid at his residence.
This comes after his refusal to appear for questioning before ED regarding the Delhi liquor policy case. Moreover, party insiders have reported that the roads leading to Kejriwal's home have been barricaded by the Delhi police.
This was the third notice to Mr Kejriwal, also the AAP's national convenor, after he refused to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on two earlier summons for 2 November and 21 December.
Several AAP leaders on Wednesday said that Kejriwal's house would be raided by the probe agency today morning, following which he could be arrested.
Senior party leader and Delhi minister, Atishi, has posted on X, previously known as Twitter, that there is incoming news about a planned raid by ED at Arvind Kejriwal's residence today morning.
"Arrest likely," she added.
Posts of the same nature were observed on the accounts of senior party officials such as Saurabh Bhardwaj, Jasmine Shah, and Sandeep Pathak.
Kejriwal maintains that the summons he received are "motivated", expressing confusion as to whether he is being summoned as a witness or a suspect in the case.
His party has suggested that this is a strategy to prevent him from participating in the upcoming national election campaign.
With three of its leaders -- Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Satyendra Jain -- behind the bars, AAP has long been anticipating the eventuality and has discussed the possible courses of action. They even want Kejriwal to remain the Chief Minister and do his job from jail.
The CBI contends that liquor companies were involved in framing the excise policy, which would have brought them a 12 per cent profit.
A liquor lobby it dubbed the "South Group" had paid kickbacks, part of which was routed to public servants. The Enforcement Directorate alleged laundering of the kickbacks.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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