Arvind Kejriwal, responding to a question on the ED chargesheet said the cases are fake and the central agency is being used this to topple state governments.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Enforcement Directorate is being used by the Union government to destabilise his government and chargesheets by the probe agency are “fictional.” 

His response came soon after ED, in its chargesheet, alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) used the money generated from the alleged Delhi liquor scam for election campaigning in Goa.

“The ED has filed 5,000 chargesheets in this government’s tenure. How many convictions have happened in these case? Cases are fake, false allegations are levelled,” Kejriwal said, adding that ED is being used to destabilise and topple state governments.

“ED is not used to check corruption but it is rather used to topple state governments, to buy MLAs,” Kejriwal said.

The Goa Assembly elections were held in 2022, in which the AAP won two seats.

According to the ED, cash payments amounting to almost Rs 70 lakh were made to the volunteers who were part of AAP’s survey teams. 

The probe agency said AAP’s communications in-charge, Vijay Nair, “told certain persons involved in the campaign-related work to receive the payments in cash”.

This is the first time Arvind Kejriwal has been mentioned in the chargesheet filed by the ED.

“Vijay Nair [accused in the case] had arranged a meeting of the owner of Indo Spirits, Sameer Mahandru, with Arvind Kejriwal, and when that didn’t materialise, he arranged a video call,” the ED chargesheet read.

The BJP government probe agency further claimed that Arvind Kejriwal told Sameer to trust Vijay Nair and carry on with him