Arvind Kejriwal’s ED remand extended; CBI likely to seek Delhi CM’s as well

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED from his official residence on March 21 after two hours of questioning. He was sent to ED custody till March 28 in connection with the liquor scam.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s troubles are not decreasing. The ED custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, arrested in a money laundering case related to the excise scam, has once again been extended. Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court has once again extended Kejriwal’s ED remand for 4 days. The next hearing of the case will be on April 1. It is known that after the 6-day remand was over, ED had presented Kejriwal in Rouse Avenue Court.

What happened during the hearing?

During the hearing, ED asked for a 7 days remand of Kejriwal. The Enforcement Directorate argued in the court that Kejriwal was not cooperating in the investigation and was not giving direct answers to any questions. He is giving roundabout answers to the questions. ED lawyer said that Kejriwal has not yet given the mobile phone password. He says that after consulting lawyers, he will decide whether the password should be given or not. If Kejriwal does not give the password, then in such a case the password will have to be broken and the mobile will have to be opened.

Why was Kejriwal arrested?

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED from his official residence on March 21 after about two hours of questioning. In the Delhi liquor scam, Rouse Avenue Court had sent him to ED custody till March 28. Even after his arrest, Arvind Kejriwal has not resigned from the post of Chief Minister. Aam Aadmi Party leaders say that he will remain the Chief Minister of Delhi and will run the government from jail if necessary.

CBI wants Kejriwal’s custody

If sources are to be believed, now CBI can also seek the custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. CBI had registered a case against the owners of liquor companies including Manish Sisodia in the excise scam. On 1st April, Kejriwal will be presented in the court again. ED may seek further custody of Kejriwal tomorrow. At the same time, CBI can also demand remand of Kejriwal in the court.

Petition demanding removal of Kejriwal from the post of Delhi CM rejected

Earlier, Delhi High Court rejected the petition to remove Kejriwal from the post of Chief Minister. The Acting Chief Justice (ACJ) of the High Court refused to interfere in the matter, saying that this is an executive issue.

ACJ Manmohan said, “We should not hear this petition. The executive should look into this matter. There is no scope for interference of the judiciary in this.”

On March 23, Kejriwal had challenged the Rouse Avenue Court’s decision of his arrest and remand in the Delhi High Court and demanded an immediate hearing. On March 27, Delhi High Court refused to grant relief to Kejriwal. The next hearing on the case will be on April 1st.

-Rahul Dubey

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