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Delhi HC Reserves Verdict On Kejriwal’s Arrest; Asset Seizure Arguments In Focus

The Delhi High Court reserved its verdict on Wednesday regarding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s case. He’s challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over allegations of
money laundering related to the scrapped Delhi Liquor Policy case. Reportedly, the verdict is likely to come out tomorrow.

Kejriwal’s lawyer, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, argued in court that the arrest was meant to embarrass him and hurt his party, AAP, just before the elections.

Singhvi said the timing of the arrest seems suspicious, and he questioned why it was rushed. He also criticized the ED for not having enough evidence against Kejriwal and hiding information that could help him.

But the ED lawyer, SV Raju, said Singhvi’s arguments were more like a request for bail than a legal petition. Raju defended the ED’s actions, saying they were still investigating and had taken necessary steps.

Raju mentioned they were cautious about taking further actions, like seizing assets because it could be seen as unfair timing. Raju also talked about the legal rules regarding political parties like AAP.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the Delhi High Court that it desired to seize some assets linked to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi liquor policy case.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, also argued for the dismissal of Arvind Kejriwal’s petition challenging his arrest by the agency, stating that they’re considering seizing AAP’s assets. But doing so might raise questions during elections. Conversely, refraining from action might cast doubt on ED’s evidence.

After both sides presented their arguments, the court said it was reserving its order.

On Wednesday, Atishi expressed concerns about the health of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. She claimed he had lost 4.5 kg in the past 12 days since his Delhi liquor policy case arrest.

Reports say that his weight had remained the same at 65 kg since Monday when he was brought in. Atishi argued that officials linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not be trusted.

Atishi highlighted Kejriwal’s severe diabetes and the need for constant monitoring of his sugar levels and insulin injections. She emphasized the potential health risks associated with rapid weight loss, especially for someone with diabetes.

However, authorities have refuted these claims, stating that Kejriwal’s health was fine, with his weight stable and sugar levels under control. They mentioned that he had regular communication with his family and was being provided with home-cooked food as per court orders.

Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21 in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy 2021-22. He was subsequently placed in 14-day judicial custody in Tihar jail on Monday.


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