In yet another blow for the Aam Aadmi Party, the Enforcement Directorate has arrested its Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Singh, in a money laundering case linked to the investigation into the Delhi liquor policy. Searches were being conducted at the Delhi residence of the MP since early on Wednesday morning.
This is the third major arrest from the party. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was arrested in May last year on charges of laundering money through four companies that were allegedly linked to him. The biggest setback for the party came in February this year, when then Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and close Arvind Kejriwal aide Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI in the alleged liquor policy scam.
The raids against Mr Singh took place after he was named by businessman Dinesh Arora, an accused in the case, who later turned ‘approver’.
Mr Arora claimed that the AAP leader had introduced him to Mr Sisodia, who was the excise minister.
Flurry of Activity
Search operations began at the Rajya Sabha MP’s early on Wednesday morning and went on for a few hours. Mr Singh will be taken to the Enforcement Directorate office, where his statement will be recorded. He is likely to be produced in a court On Thursday afternoon and the agency is expected to seek his custody.