Court extends ED custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal till April 1


A Delhi Court on Thursday further remanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till April 01 in the money laundering case related to the alleged liquor policy scam case. He was arrested on the night of March 21.

Special CBI judge Kaveri Baweja of the Rouse Avenue Courts passed the order after Kejriwal was produced in court on the expiry of his six days of ED custody. Yesterday, Delhi High Court had declined any interim relief to Kejriwal and only issued notice on his plea challenging the arrest and remand.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju told the court that the sitting CM was giving “evasive replies” during interrogation and the agency needs to confront him with some individuals who have been summoned from Goa. ED thus sought 7 more days of custody. “He doesn’t get exonerated if he is a CM. There is no different standards for a CM. Right to arrest a CM is no different from an ordinary man.

Only yesterday, ED summoned AAP’s Goa unit chief Amit Palekar and some other party leaders for questioning. They have been asked to appear at the agency’s Goa office today.

Today, Kejriwal addressed the Court in person and submitted he is not opposing remand. He claimed the entire case is a “political conspiracy” and there is no material against him. The Delhi CM alleged that the central probe agency was collecting selective material and even the approver was forced to make a statement against him. Read full transcript here.

The central probe agency submitted that Kejriwal has refused to share the password of his mobile phone. But Kejriwal responded that ED cannot force him to unlock his electronic gadgets.

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