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    ED charge sheet in excise policy case: AAP claims ‘big conspiracy’ to finish it off


    New Delhi, Jul 9: The BJP-led Centre is hatching a “big conspiracy” against AAP, its secretary Pankaj Gupta alleged on Tuesday over a supplementary ED charge sheet naming the party in the alleged excise policy scam.

    Gupta also accused the BJP of wanting to finish off AAP, which governs and Delhi, at any cost.

    AAP in a statement alleged that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was functioning as a “political wing” of the BJP and claimed there was no money trail in the case.

    “The ED's intention from the very beginning of this fake investigation was to frame AAP, arrest all its top leaders and crush the party. The BJP sees AAP as the biggest threat and has deployed the ED and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to ensure AAP is finished,” the party charged.

    The party said it suspected the intention of the ED's “mission” was to “cripple AAP and stop its functioning” and claimed it would now proceed to “seize” all properties and bank accounts of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP, causing “huge harassment and injustice” to a national party.

    Over the last two years of this investigation, the ED and the CBI have framed a false case in the courts while the BJP has run a false narrative in public against AAP and its leaders, the party alleged.

    The BJP's Delhi president Virendra Sachdeva hit back at AAP over its allegations and said Kejriwal should have shown moral courage after his party was named in the “liquor scam”.

    With the court taking cognisance of the ED charge sheet, he has lost all authority to continue as Delhi chief minister, the BJP leader said.

    “This charge sheet itself says that Arvind Kejriwal is the main beneficiary and conspirator of the liquor scam and the court summoning Kejriwal clearly establishes that prima facie the court has found some evidence to believe in the allegations of the ED on the Delhi chief minister,” he said.

    A city court on Tuesday took cognisance of the seventh supplementary charge sheet filed by the ED in the money-laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy “scam”.

    The federal probe agency has named Kejriwal and AAP in the supplementary charge sheet.

    The anti-money laundering agency arrested Kejriwal, also the national convenor of AAP, from his official residence in Delhi on March 21. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody.

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