'Kejriwal Has Waived His Right To Question Arrest': ED In Reply To Delhi High Court

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday filed its reply to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest and custody in connection with the Excise Policy case.
Arvind Kejriwal was arrested in a case related to Delhi excise policy scam

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 in a case related to Delhi excise policy scam

Photo : BCCL
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday filed its reply to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest and custody in connection with the Excise Policy case.
In its reply filed before the Delhi High Court, the ED said Kejriwal's arrest was carried out in strict adherence to laws and added that the Delhi CM had "waived his right to question his custody as on today and the petitioner cannot now be allowed to argue that his custody as on today is illegal".
The ED maintained that "all procedural requirements of Section 16 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and Article 22 of the Constitution had been strictly complied with" when it came to his arrest.
The ED relied on the CM's submissions before the trial court where he said that he had no objection to his custody being extended, to state that the "petitioner has waived his right to question his custody".
The matter is listed for next hearing on Wednesday, April 3.
'Kejriwal is kingpin of liquor scam'
The ED in its reply repeated its earlier claims that Kejriwal is "the kingpin and key conspirator" of the Delhi Excise Scam "in collusion with Ministers of Delhi Govt, AAP leaders and other persons".
"Sh Arvind Kejriwal was involved in the conspiracy of formulation of the Excise policy 2021-22 to favour certain persons and also involved in the demanding kickbacks from liquor business in exchange of favours granting in the said policy. Further Sh. Arvind Kejriwal is involved in the use of proceeds of crime thus generated in the Goa election campaign of the AAP to which he is the Convenor and the ultimate decision maker," the ED said in its reply.
Kejriwal arrested
Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 by the ED in connection with a Delhi liquor scam case. He has been sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail till April 15.
The ED has referred to Kejriwal as the "kingpin" of the Delhi liquor policy scam, which also led to the arrests of two AAP leaders, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh.
Sanjay Singh gets bail
Sanjay Singh was granted bail on Tuesday by the Supreme Court after the ED conceded that it did not oppose the grant of bail to the AAP leader.
The AAP called it a victory of truth. "Truth always wins," said Delhi minister Atishi at a press conference. "AAP leaders were jailed over baseless accusations. The ED remained silent on the money trail and failed to recover even a single penny. Their arrests were solely based on testimonies from accomplices," she added.
Atishi's 'expose'
The leader also alleged that she herself, apart from three other AAP leaders, was on the radar of the ED.
In a press conference earlier today, Atishi disclosed that she had received information indicating that four more AAP leaders, including herself and Bhardwaj, were slated to be summoned and arrested by the ED in connection with the case. She asserted that the BJP aims to suppress the AAP's influence in the run-up to the elections.
Kejriwal's wife Sunita addresses INDIA bloc rally
On Sunday, March 31, Kejriwal's wife Sunita addressed the INDIA bloc rally at Ramlila Maidan, delivering an emotional message to party supporters and people and mentioning the six guarantees promised by Kejriwal from ED custody.
"Your very own Kejriwal has sent a message for you from custody. However, before reading out this message, I would like to ask you something. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi put my husband in custody. Do you all believe that he did the right thing? Do you believe that Kejriwal-ji is a true patriot and honest person? These BJP people are saying that since Kejriwal is in custody, he should resign. Do you all believe he should resign?" she said while reading third message from her husband.
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