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Arvind Kejriwal Faces New Chargesheet in Alleged Money Laundering Case; Court to Decide on July 9

A Delhi court has reserved its decision for July 9 regarding whether to take cognizance of a new chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with an alleged money laundering case linked to the excise policy

Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), remains in custody in Tihar jail until July 12 related to a separate CBI investigation into the excise policy.

Court Hearings and ED’s Arguments

Special Judge Kaveri Baweja reserved her ruling after hearing arguments from the ED, which asserted that there is ample evidence to prosecute Kejriwal. The chargesheet also names the AAP as an accused party.

Accused and Allegations in the Chargesheet

The current chargesheet lists Vinod Chauhan and Ashish Mathur as defendants in the liquor policy case. During the hearing, the ED reported recovering Rs. 1.06 crore from Chauhan, asserting that he knew the funds were proceeds from the Delhi liquor scam and that he transferred the money via hawala routes for the Goa elections.

Evidence Presented by ED

Earlier, during Kejriwal’s bail hearing, the ED presented evidence including screenshots of hawala note numbers retrieved from Chauhan’s phone. These numbers reportedly matched data seized by the Income Tax department.

Allegations of Hawala Transfers

The ED alleged that Chauhan was involved in moving illicit funds from Delhi to Goa, with Chanpreet Singh coordinating the collection in Goa. The agency also mentioned messages from Abhishek Boinpally of the South Group about the hawala transfers.

Statements and Money Trail

“Ashok Kaushik, in his statement, revealed that on Abhishek Boinpally’s instructions, he had delivered large bags of cash to Vinod Chauhan on two occasions,” the ED stated. The agency further claimed that screenshots of hawala money transfers between Chauhan and Boinpally, along with other operators, provide a direct money trail from the South Group to the AAP elections.

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