Kejriwal approaches HC against remand order

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday approached Delhi High Court against his remand order in connection with the money laundering case related to the alleged excise policy case.

The Delhi CM has also been seeking an early hearing of his plea against his arrest, preferably by Sunday, PTI reported, citing sources.

The AAP chief was on Friday remanded to the custody of the Enforcement Directorate for seven days i.e., till March 28, a day after he was arrested by the probe agency.

CM Kejriwal was arrested after being questioned at his official residence for more than two hours, before being taken to the probe agency’s office on APJ Abdul Kalam Road at 11 pm on Thursday.

Special CBI judge Kaveri Baweja of the Rouse Avenue Court passed the order after Kejriwal was produced yesterday following his arrest on March 21 night by the central probe agency.

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The case pertains to alleged irregularities and money laundering in framing and implementing the Delhi excise policy case 2022, which was later scrapped.

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The arrest by the central agency has drawn severe criticism for the BJP-led centre from the opposition leaders.

The AAP will “gherao” the prime minister’s residence on March 26 to register its protest against Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED, the party’s leader Gopal Rai said yesterday.

Kejriwal’s arrest came days after the ED arrested Bharat Rashta Samithi (BRS) leader and daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao K Kavitha, in connection with its investigation into money laundering charges linked to the now-scrapped excise policy. Kavitha is in ED custody till March 23.

Two senior AAP leaders, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, are in judicial custody in the excise policy case. Sisodia, who was the then Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, was arrested by the CBI on February 26 following several rounds of questioning. On October 5, ED arrested Sanjay Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha member.

William Murphy

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