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No Relief To CM Arvind Kejriwal Till April 29

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will continue to remain in jail atleast till April 29 as the Supreme Court today postponed his appeal challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said the matter will be taken up in the week starting April 29.

Additionally, the court sent a notice to the Enforcement Directorate regarding the matter. The bench instructed the ED to submit a response to the plea by April 24.

During the hearing, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, said there were selective leaks in the case and sought a shorter date.

In reply, Justice Khanna stated, “Will give you a short date, but the date suggested by you is not possible.”

Singhvi further highlighted that Kejriwal, was not named in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) or chargesheet.

He added that the arrest was to disable the Delhi CM from campaigning.

The 14-day judicial custody of the Chief Minister ended today .

The arrest is linked to a money laundering case related to the Delhi liquor policy. Before this, on April 9, the Delhi High Court rejected Kejriwal’s request.

On April 10, a day after the Delhi High Court rejected his petition, Kejriwal brought his case to the Supreme Court. The High Court had stated that he had “conspired with others” in the case.

In his letter to the Supreme Court, Kejriwal argues that his arrest was unfair. The letter asks to set him free and declare his arrest as illegal.

Earlier, on April 9, while rejecting Kejriwal’s plea, the Delhi High Court also noted that he was “actively involved in using the proceeds of crime,” as per materials provided by the Enforcement Directorate.

The court further alleged that he was personally engaged in formulating the now-defunct liquor policy and soliciting kickbacks.

Kejriwal will remain in jail as the first phase of voting for the Lok Sabha polls will take place on April 19

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