Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not go to the Enforcement Directorate's office today for giving his statement on the Delhi liquor policy case, sources said. Mr Kejriwal was scheduled to appear before the central probe agency's Delhi office at 11 am, but he wrote a letter to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking to take back the summons to him, calling it "illegal and politically motivated".
The ED is likely to issue fresh summons to Mr Kejriwal, who is going to Madhya Pradesh to campaign for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ahead of the state election.
A person can skip ED summons a maximum of three times, after which the ED can get a non-bailable warrant. The ED can also issue summons under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act, or PMLA.
Mr Kejriwal, meantime, has the option to request for a pre-arrest bail and challenge the summons in court.
The ED's notice is "illegal and politically motivated, sent at the behest of the BJP," Mr Kejriwal said in the letter, asking the same central probe agency that arrested his former deputy Manish Sisodia to "take back the notice immediately".
"The said summons does not specify whether I am being summoned as an individual or in my official capacity as Chief Minister of Delhi or as National Convenor of AAP and appears to be like a fishing and roving inquiry," Mr Kejriwal said in the two-page letter to the ED.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also alleged the centre wants to arrest Mr Kejriwal in a politically motivated case.