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Kejriwal Faces Interrogation as Protests Intensify

ED's assertion of non-cooperation leads to detailed questioning; Kejriwal remains firm, no resignation planned; Lieutenant Governor's actions crucial amidst escalating protests.

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal will be questioned in detention by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) about the liquor scam case. The agency has said that Kejriwal took bribes and was instrumental in creating the excise policy. According to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kejarival will continue serving as chief minister even after Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest Additionally, Kejriwal will continue to serve as the party’s convener. Nonetheless, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi’s choice will stand.

The ED informed the court that a detailed interrogation of Kejriwal is necessary to obtain crucial information for the investigation. The agency believes that jointly questioning Kejriwal and BRS leader Kavita, who was arrested earlier in the case, would benefit the probe. The court accepted this stance. The trial court rejected arguments presented by Kejriwal’s lawyers, leaving Kejriwal and the AAP frustrated.

AAP’s Protest Plans Amidst Legal Drama

Today in Delhi, AAP will swear an oath to defend the nation in protest of Kejriwal’s incarceration. MLAs, councillors, and ministers from the AAP will attend the function. They have decided to plan a demonstration for March 26 in front of the prime minister’s official house. The All India PDP has said they will use the ‘Gherao’ model in their fight.

ED custody of BRS leader K. Kavitha, who was arrested earlier in the case, will end today. Kavitha will be produced again at Rose Avenue Court, and ED is expected to seek an extension on her remand. Reports suggest that Kavitha may apply for bail in a trial court. Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected Kavitha’s bail plea.

The trial court, presided over by Special Court Judge Kaveri Baveja, accepted ED’s contention. It stated that Kejriwal, who deliberately ignored summons nine times, was not cooperating with the investigation. Representing ED, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju argued that Kejriwal, the ‘mastermind’ of the scam, was directly involved in the crime.. Raju stated that the liquor policy was changed in favor of the South Group by taking bribes exceeding 100 crores. That resulted in a profit of 600 crores for the group. Raju also demanded that Kejriwal, who did not provide proper information during the house search on Thursday night, be interrogated for 10 days.

Legal Challenges and Withdrawn Pleas: Kejriwal’s Defense

However, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, pointed out that the arrest was made without evidence other than the statements of the approver witnesses. Singhvi said that the current practice is to arrest witnesses and make them testify as approvers. He also noted that ED arrested the election code of conduct that came into force. Senior advocate Vikram Chaudhary, also representing Kejriwal, demanded clarification on who the ED represented.

Kejriwal was arrested on Thursday night, hours after the Delhi High Court rejected his plea seeking immunity from arrest. Subsequently, Kejriwal’s plea to the Supreme Court was scheduled for a hearing on Friday. However, Kejriwal withdrew the plea before the bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna could hear the matter.

Rohit Sharma

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