'Karma': Sharmistha Mukherjee on Kejriwal arrest

Following the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the Delhi excise policy case, Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of former President Pranab Mukherjee, has accused Kejriwal and the Anna Hazare group of leveling irresponsible and unfounded allegations against the then Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.

Mukherjee pointed out that despite claims of possessing substantial evidence against Dikshit, no such evidence has been made public. She concluded her statement with the phrase ‘Karma catches up!’, insinuating that those who propagated baseless accusations are now facing repercussions for their actions.

In a post on X, she stated, “He & Anna Hazare gang were responsible for making most irresponsible, baseless & wild allegations against Congress including Sheila Dikshit ji saying he had ‘trunk loads’ of evidence against her. No one has seen the ‘trunk’ so far. Karma catches up!”

— Sharmistha_GK (@Sharmistha_GK)

In a significant development, Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday evening arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with a money laundering case related to the excise policy. This arrest, the first of its kind involving a sitting chief minister, occurred subsequent to the Delhi High Court’s refusal to grant Kejriwal protection from coercive action by the agency. The arrest drew vehement objections from his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), especially considering its timing amidst the Lok Sabha election campaign.

Following the high court’s ruling, an ED team conducted searches at Kejriwal’s residence and subsequently placed him under arrest. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal sought relief from the Supreme Court against the high court’s decision.

The ED’s actions mirrored the recent arrest of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha in the same case. This case revolves around alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22, which was later annulled.

Several AAP leaders, including Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, are currently in judicial custody in connection with this case. Kejriwal’s name has been prominently featured in the charge sheets filed by the ED, alleging that the accused were in communication with him during the formulation of the excise policy.

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai declared the commencement of a battle and announced nationwide protests against what he termed the “unlawful” arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the ED. Rai emphasized that the Aam Aadmi Party would not succumb to threats from the BJP and vowed to stand firm in opposition.

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