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Delhi Traffic Crawls As AAP Protests Against CBI Summons To Kejriwal

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Delhi Traffic Crawls As AAP Protests Against CBI Summons To Kejriwal

Heavy traffic snarls were witnessed in several parts of the national capital on Sunday following protests by AAP workers against the summoning of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the CBI in the excise policy case. Traffic jams were witnessed in the protest sites of Anand Vihar Terminal, ITO Chowk, Mukarba Chowk Peera Garhi Chowk, Lado Sarai Chowk, Crown Plaza Chowk, Dwarka More Sec 6 and Sec 2 Chauraha, Pacific Wala Chowk Subhash Nagar More, Prem Wari Chauraha Ring Road, New Delhi Railway Station Ajmeri Gate Side, Bara Hanuman Mandir, Karol Bagh Chowk, IIT Crossing, ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Raj Ghat and NH 24 Near Murga Mandi Gazipur.

A serpentine queue of vehicles was unable to move an inch due to the AAP protest. Police officials, along with the traffic unit deployed at multiple locations, are persuading protesters to move from the roads and allow vehicle traffic.

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“We have deployed sufficient force at these locations. But protesters are on a sit-in, so we are persuading them to move because they are causing heavy traffic jams. If they are still not cooperating, we are removing them from the spot,” a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has stepped up security outside the CBI headquarters as Kejriwal appeared before the agency on Sunday in connection with alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped excise policy, officials said.

The force has deployed over 1,000 security personnel, including paramilitary forces, outside the CBI headquarters, and section 144 has also been imposed in the area to ensure no gathering of more than four persons takes place, they said. Officials said security has also been tightened outside the Aam Aadmi Party office in Rouse Avenued.

An adequate number of barricades have also been placed on the streets at both these places to ensure AAP workers and supporters do not create any trouble, a senior police official said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had summoned Kejriwal to its office to answer questions from the investigation team as a witness in the excise police case, according to a notice issued by the CBI. Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia was arrested last month in the case. The AAP has called the case a conspiracy against its leaders.

CBI officials have said they asked Kejriwal to appear on a Sunday as the offices in the area remain closed. The agency adopted the same strategy when Sisodia was called at the agency headquarters, where he was grilled for eight hours before being taken into custody.

The allegations relate to the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22. The CBI is probing allegations of bribes paid by liquor traders to get licences. The AAP has strongly refuted these charges, but its government later scrapped the policy.

“It was further alleged that irregularities were committed, including modifications in excise policy, extending undue favors to the licensees, waiver/reduction in license fee, the extension of L-1 license without approval, etc.,” said a CBI spokesperson after the The FIR was filed on August 17, 2022.

The CBI filed its charge sheet against seven accused on November 25 last year. It is alleged in the charge sheet that the excise policy was framed in a manner to promote cartelisation and monopoly at the wholesale level.

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