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Delhi CM Kejriwal Challenges ED Arrest in Money-Laundering Case; Hearing Today

Delhi CM Kejriwal Challenges ED Arrest in Money-Laundering Case; Hearing Today

The Delhi High Court is currently addressing a petition filed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is contesting his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money-laundering case associated with the excise policy.

The petition urges his prompt release from the custody of the ED and is scheduled for a hearing before Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma.

During Tuesday's proceedings, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) informed the High Court that the Chief Minister is considered the "kingpin" and the primary conspirator in the excise policy case. The ED asserted that, according to the evidence it possesses, there are grounds to suspect Mr. Kejriwal's involvement in money laundering as well. These statements were made by the ED in an affidavit submitted to the court as part of their opposition to Mr. Kejriwal's petition contesting his arrest and subsequent detention by the Central probe agency.

Mr. Kejriwal lodged in Tihar Jail in the national capital until April 15, following an extension of his judicial custody by the Rouse Avenue court in Delhi on April 1.

In a separate noteworthy development concerning the case, the Supreme Court granted bail to AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Tuesday in the same matter. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) opted for a strategic retreat rather than risking a potentially adverse ruling from the apex court, which could have implications for the trial proceedings in the future.

Encouraged by the Supreme Court's decision, the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) hailed it as a significant victory for democracy. They expressed optimism that their other leaders would soon be released from custody, and they anticipated the eventual collapse of what they referred to as the "mountain of lies" constructed by the BJP in the days ahead. Atishi, a Cabinet Minister in the Delhi Government and member of the AAP, highlighted that for the past two years, AAP leaders have been subjected to baseless allegations and unjust arrests.

 

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