Arvind Kejriwal Arrest updates | Delhi HC dismisses plea challenging ED arrest in Excise?policy?case

Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in a money laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail after a trial court extended his judicial custody till April 15.

April 09, 2024 07:48 am | Updated 05:31 pm IST

Police detain AAP supporters who were staging a protest outside the Tihar Jail on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Police detain AAP supporters who were staging a protest outside the Tihar Jail on Monday, April 1, 2024. | Photo Credit: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

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The Delhi High Court on April 9 dismissed the plea by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam. The court also upheld the remand order passed by the trial court sending him to ED custody. Mr. Kejriwal is lodged in the Tihar Jail in the national capital till April 15 after his judicial custody was extended by the Rouse Avenue court in Delhi on April 1.

The verdict was pronounced by Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma after hearing extensive arguments on April 3. Upholding the Chief Minister’s arrest, the Judge said that the ED was able to place enough material which included statements of approvers, hawala dealers as well as AAP’s own candidates to ascertain that Mr. Kejriwal was given money in cash for expenditure in the Goa assembly elections.?

“The material collected by ED reveals Mr Arvind Kejriwal conspired and was actively involved in use and concealment of proceeds of crime. The ED case also reveals that he was involved in his personal capacity as well as convenor of AAP”, the Court said.?

Explained | The legal issues surrounding Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest

During the proceedings, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Mr. Kejriwal argued that the arrest is motivated to ensure that the Chief Minister is unable to participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He also pointed out that the ED has been unable to recover any evidence linking the “proceeds of the crime” to Mr. Kejriwal.?

Also read: Probe against Kejriwal at nascent stage: Enforcement Directorate to HC

The ED however opposed the plea, saying that Mr. Kejriwal cannot claim immunity from arrest on the ground of upcoming elections. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appearing on behalf of the agency said that it is “beyond any doubt” that the scam took place and that the Chief Minister has been arrested in a “dual capacity” – individually as well as in his role as the convenor of AAP.?

Track latest updates here:
  • April 09, 2024 16:56
    Arvind Kejriwal to move Supreme Court against Delhi HC order dismissing his plea challenging ED arrest

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will move the Supreme Court against a high court order dismissing the plea against his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam, AAP sources said on April 9.

    Read here

  • April 09, 2024 16:08
    Delhi HC dismisses Arvind Kejriwal’s plea challenging ED arrest in excise policy case

    The ED was able to place enough material in the shape of Hawala dealers, statements of approvers, and statements of their own candidates who referred to the act that he was given money in cash for expenditure in Goa elections, the High Court said while dismissing Kejriwal’s plea.?

    “Material of ED placed before this court included statements of hawala dealer as well as its own candidate (of AAP in Goa). Names have not been disclosed so that the case of petitioner is not adversely impacted”, the judge added.?

  • April 09, 2024 16:05
    Arvind Kejriwal’s ED arrest in liquor policy case valid, says Delhi HC judge

    Upholding the arrest of the Chief Minister, Justice Sharma observes –?

    “This court holds that arrest of Kejriwal was not in contravention of the sections concerned or the case of Pankaj Bansal. His remand can’t be termed as illegal.”

    Justice Sharma also upheld the subsequent remand orders, including the one remanding Kejriwal to judicial custody.?

  • April 09, 2024 16:02
    Courts are concerned with constitutional morality and not political morality: Justice Sharma

    “Judges are bound by law and not by politics. Judgments are written by legal principles and not political affiliations. Political considerations cannot be brought before a court of law. The matter before this court is not a conflict between the central government and Kejriwal. It is a case between Kejriwal and the ED. Courts are concerned with constitutional morality and not political morality”, Justice Sharma asserts.?

  • April 09, 2024 16:00
    No mala fide on the part of the ED to arrest Kejriwal before the general elections: Justice Sharma

    Addressing arguments on the timing of Kejriwal’s arrest, the Court says –?

    “Petitioner has been arrested in money laundering case and the court has to examine his arrest and remand as per law irrespective of the timing of elections. He (Kejriwal) would have known that Lok Sabha elections would be declared. He was unable to join the investigation.”

    The judge adds that Kejriwal’s challenge to the timing of arrest before the general elections in the absence of any mala fide on the part of ED is not sustainable.

  • April 09, 2024 15:52
    A mini-trial cannot be conducted by this Court, Delhi HC judge says

    The Court says that this is not the appropriate stage of the trial to entertain questions of non-supply of documents and earlier statements of the approvers.?

    ‘In this court’s opinion, who gives tickets to contest elections against whom is not its concern,’ the judge says referring to Raghav Magunta’s father joining the ruling party alliance after making statements against Kejriwal as alleged by him.?

    “The accused as a matter of right can question it at the stage of cross-examination. Shri Kejriwal has this valuable right at the stage of cross-examination (with respect to questioning the witnesses and statements). This court cannot step into the shoes of the trial court and conduct a mini-trial”, the judge said.?

  • April 09, 2024 15:48
    Doubting the grant of pardon to approvers amounts to casting aspersions on the judicial process: Justice Sharma

    The Court says that doubting the grant of pardon to approvers amounts to casting aspersions on the judicial process.?

    “The law of approver is more than 100 years old. It is not a one-year-old law to suggest as if it was enacted to falsely implicate the petitioner”, the judge says.?

    [Raghav Magunta Reddy, son of YSR Congress Party Lok Sabha MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy and Delhi-based businessman Dinesh Arora ?have turned approvers? in the money laundering case linked to Delhi excise policy case being investigated by the ED].?

  • April 09, 2024 15:41
    This petition is not for grant of bail: Justice Sharma

    The Court clarifies that the petition is not an application for the grant of bail and only to determine if the arrest of the Chief Minister was illegal.?

    Justice Sharma translates the order in Hindi – “Ye petition bail ke liye nahi hai, ye sabit karne ke liye hai ki ye petition is illegal and Pankaj Bansal ke judgment ke contravention mein thi (This petition is not for bail, but to prove that the arrest was illegal and is in contravention of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Pankaj Bansal v. Union of India).”

    The second issue before this court is whether the petitioner is entitled to release in view of his arrest and remand order.?

  • April 09, 2024 15:40
    Dictation of the verdict begins.

    Justice Sharma begins dictating the verdict.?

    “The petition challenges the arrest of the petitioner and states that the arrest was in violation of section 19 of the PMLA.”?

  • April 09, 2024 15:37
    Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma has presided for the pronouncement
  • April 09, 2024 14:31
    Delhi HC to pronounce verdict on Kejriwal’s plea challenging his arrest by the ED at 3:15 pm

    The Delhi High Court is set to deliver its verdict on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s petition contesting his arrest and custody by the ED in the excise policy case at 3.15 pm.

  • April 09, 2024 13:08
    Delhi court extends judicial custody of K. Kavitha till April 23

    Ahead of the High Court’s hearing on Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest, the Delhi Rouse Avenue Court has extended the judicial custody of BRS leader K. Kavitha until April 23. She was arrested on March 15 in a money laundering case linked to the defunct Delhi liquor excise policy 2021-22.?

  • April 09, 2024 12:46
    What was the New Delhi Excise Policy all about?

    In this video, we look at the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, which is at the heart of the controversy. Introduced in November 2021, the policy was supposed to revamp how liquor is sold in Delhi. It was supposed to maximize revenue for the State, combat the sale of counterfeit alcohol, and enhance the consumer experience. However, the policy encountered vehement opposition and allegations of procedural irregularities, ultimately leading to its annulment on August 1st, 2022.

    Watch | What was the New Delhi Excise Policy all about, and why is Arvind Kejriwal in trouble?

    Arvind Kejriwal arrest: An explainer on the New Delhi Excise Policy on liquor which was scrapped in 2022, and has landed Arvind Kejriwal and other senior AAP leaders in trouble

  • April 09, 2024 12:15
    ED questions Kejriwal’s PA, AAP MLA Pathak in the Delhi excise policy case

    The ED questioned Mr. Kejriwal’s assistant Bibhav Kumar and AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak in the excise policy-linked money laundering case. Their statement is being recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials said.

    Both of them have been questioned in this case earlier too by the ED. Read the report here.

  • April 09, 2024 12:01
    BJP trying to bring Delhi under President’s Rule, allege AAP MLAs

    AAP legislators have alleged that the BJP was trying to bring the national capital under President’s rule. They made this claim in the Delhi Assembly on April 9.

  • April 09, 2024 11:08
    What are the political implications of Kejriwal’s arrest in the election season?

    Mr. Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED, the second Chief Minister from the INDIA bloc to be arrested in recent months, has united the Opposition coalition which has been struggling to set aside their differences over seat-sharing arrangements for the Lok Sabha polls. Opposition leaders questioned the timing of the arrest, with the Model Code of Conduct in place and the coincidence of it coming on the same day as the Election Commission publishing the entire data on electoral bonds.What are the political implications of Mr. Kejriwal’s arrest in the election season?

    Nistula Hebbar explains.
  • April 09, 2024 10:26
    People on the streets divided over Kejriwal’s arrest

    While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has pulled out all the stops to muster public support for Mr. Kejriwal, the response of people on the streets seems divided between scepticism regarding the “intention” behind his arrest and the feeling that he must have committed some wrong. Read the story here.

  • April 09, 2024 09:50
    Petition seeking Kejriwal’s removal from CM post filed for publicity, says court

    The Delhi High Court on Monday observed that a plea seeking the removal of Arvind Kejriwal from the Chief Minister’s post was filed for “publicity” and the petitioner deserved to have “heavy costs” imposed on him for this.

    Read the story here.?

  • April 09, 2024 09:49
    The legal issues surrounding Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest | Explained

    Read The Hindu’s detailed explainer on the legal issues in contention.?

    The legal issues surrounding Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest | Explained

    Arvind Kejriwal arrest: The Hindu explores the legal issues surrounding the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal by the ED, including what legal contentions have been raised during the proceedings and what do judicial precedents say?

  • April 09, 2024 09:47
    What were the arguments advanced before the Delhi High Court?

    Read The Hindu’s live updates from the proceedings before the Delhi High Court.?

    Arvind Kejriwal latest news updates: Kejriwal’s?lawyer in Delhi High Court alleges bias by ED

    Arvind Kejriwal latest news updates: Plea against Delhi CM arrest to come up for hearing today. Follow The Hindu for live updates on Delhi High Court Arvind Kejriwal news.

  • April 09, 2024 09:17
    Ahead of Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, AAP kicks off ‘Jail ka Jawab Vote se’ campaign

    On Monday, the AAP launched a door-to-door campaign in Delhi and urged people to “avenge” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest through their vote.?

    AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sandeep Pathak said the party’s ‘Jail ka Jawab Vote se’ was aimed at increasing public awareness about Mr. Kejriwal’s “illegal” arrest.Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh appealed to people to remember the Chief Minister when they cast their vote on May 25 for all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital. ??Read the story here.??

  • April 09, 2024 08:25
    Case against Delhi CM is false, won’t stop protesting over his illegal arrest, say supporters

    Mr. Kejriwal’s supporters have hit the streets demanding his release. On Sunday, many participated in a protest organised by the Aam Aadmi Party at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.?

    The protest was attended by party workers, supporters and schoolchildren. They sang patriotic songs, chanted bhajans and demanded proof of wrongdoing by Mr. Kejriwal, who is the party’s national convener.

    Read the story here.
  • April 09, 2024 08:10
    Arvind Kejriwal | The prophet of probity

    Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest is the biggest challenge thrown at the AAP as well as its leader. As he was led away by ED officers after his remand hearing at the Rouse Avenue Court, just few metres away from the AAP’s headquarters, he remained defiant. “My life is dedicated to the country, whether I am inside (jail) or outside,” he said. The question the political observers are asking is whether his party which revolves entirely on his persona would survive this attack in his absence or not.

    Arvind Kejriwal | The prophet of probity

    The Hindu profiles on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate

  • April 09, 2024 07:48
    Delhi HC to pronounce verdict on Kejriwal’s plea challenging arrest in excise policy ‘scam’ today

    The Delhi High Court is scheduled to deliver on April 9 its verdict on a plea by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in judicial custody in a money laundering case linked with the alleged excise scam, challenging his arrest.

    As per the cause list uploaded on the high court’s website, Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma will pronounce the order at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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