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No relief for Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi excise policy case, SC to hear matter on April 29



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The Supreme Court docket on Monday granted no aid to Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) nationwide convenor Arvind Kejriwal within the excise coverage rip-off case. The highest court docket issued a discover to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) relating to Kejriwal’s plea difficult the Delhi Excessive Court docket  order on his arrest and remand. The matter has now been scheduled for April 29. Arvind Kejriwal is at present lodged in Tihar jail.

The bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta requested the ED to file reply to the plea by April 24, and mentioned the matter can be heard within the week commencing April 29. Kejriwal moved the Supreme Court docket on April 10, a day after the Delhi HC dismissed his petition, saying he “conspired with others” within the case and was “actively concerned in producing the proceeds of crime.”

Whereas dismissing Kejriwal’s plea on April 9, the Delhi HC additional famous he was concerned in a private capability within the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi liquor coverage of 2021-22 and demanding kickbacks. 

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21, hours after the excessive court docket refused to grant him safety from coercive motion by the federal anti-money laundering company. The matter pertains to alleged corruption and cash laundering within the formulation and execution of the Delhi authorities’s excise coverage for 2021-22 that was later scrapped.

Arvind Kejriwal’s petition

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, showing on behalf of Kejriwal, mentioned that the Delhi CM’s “arrest and remand had been based mostly on an unreliable doc suppressed from us.” “I’m searching for a brief date on this case. There are selective leaks within the case,” SInghvi instructed the court docket. 

His petition additionally notes that his arrest was made “in a motivated method” and was based mostly on subsequent, contradictory and “extremely belated statements of co-accused” who’ve turned approvers. The petition additionally sought his launch and to declare Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest “unlawful”. 

Bhagwant Mann met Arvind Kejriwal

Earlier within the day, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) and mentioned that Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) nationwide convenor Arvind Kejriwal is being handled as if the federal government has caught one of many largest terrorists within the nation.

Bhagwant Mann on Monday met Arvind Kejriwal on the Tihar jail at round 12 midday. Arvind Kejriwal is at present lodged in Tihar jail after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in reference to the Delhi liquor coverage rip-off. 

“It was very unhappy to see that he is not getting the amenities which can be found even to hardcore criminals. What’s his fault? You are treating him as when you’ve got caught one of many largest terrorists within the nation. What does PM Modi need?… Arvind Kejriwal who’s ‘kattar imaandaar’, who began the politics of transparency and ended the BJP’s politics is being handled like this,” Mann instructed information company ANI. 

He added that when he requested Kejriwal about his well-being contained in the jail, the latter requested him to offer an replace on the scenario in Punjab as a substitute. He added that the AAP is a disciplined group and are standing agency with Arvind Kejriwal. Mann moreover mentioned that the social gathering will rise as an enormous political energy on June 4, the date of Lok Sabha elections 2024 outcomes. 

“After I requested about how he has been doing, he mentioned overlook about me inform me how issues are stepping into Punjab? As a result of we do the politics of ‘work’…AAP is a disciplined group, all of us are collectively and standing agency with Arvind Kejriwal. When the outcomes can be introduced on June 4, AAP will rise as an enormous political energy,” mentioned Mann. 

AAP Normal Secretary Sandeep Pathak mentioned at a press convention that Kejriwal requested them concerning the state of welfare schemes. Pathak added that the Delhi CM requested whether or not the AAP authorities’s free electrical energy scheme is functioning or not and whether or not colleges and hospitals are working correctly. 

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