AAP accuses BJP of political vendetta
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday alleged that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials did not conduct any searches at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant, but only sat in his living room for over two hours. AAP leader Atishi said that the ED officials came to the house of Kejriwal’s PA, Vaibhav Khurana, around 9 am and left around 11:30 am without seizing any documents or electronic devices. She claimed that the ED officials did not have any search warrant or notice and did not inform Khurana about the reason for their visit.
Atishi accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using the ED as a tool to harass and intimidate the AAP leaders and workers. She said that the BJP was unable to digest the fact that the AAP had won the Delhi assembly elections for the third time in a row with a massive mandate. She said that the BJP was resorting to political vendetta and witch-hunt against the AAP government, which was working for the welfare of the people of Delhi.
ED denies AAP’s allegations
The ED, however, denied the allegations of the AAP and said that the visit of its officials to Khurana’s house was part of a routine verification process. The ED said that it had received some information about Khurana’s financial transactions and wanted to verify them. The ED said that it did not conduct any raid or search at Khurana’s house and did not seize any documents or devices. The ED said that it had followed all the due procedures and norms and had not violated any law.
The ED also said that it had no political motive or agenda behind its verification process and that it was acting independently and impartially. The ED said that it was investigating various cases of money laundering and tax evasion and that it was not targeting any individual or party.
AAP challenges ED to prove its charges
The AAP, however, challenged the ED to prove its charges against Khurana and said that the ED was lying to cover up its illegal and unethical actions. The AAP said that Khurana was a honest and hardworking person who had been working with Kejriwal for the last 10 years. The AAP said that Khurana had no involvement in any illegal or dubious activities and that he had declared all his income and assets to the authorities. The AAP said that the ED was trying to malign the image of Khurana and Kejriwal and create a false impression in the public mind.
The AAP also questioned the timing and purpose of the ED’s visit to Khurana’s house and said that it was a deliberate attempt to divert the attention of the people from the real issues facing the country. The AAP said that the BJP-led central government was failing to handle the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic crisis, the farmers’ protest, the border tension with China and the rising prices of essential commodities. The AAP said that the BJP was afraid of the growing popularity and influence of the AAP across the country and was trying to stop its expansion by using the ED and other agencies.