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ED moves Delhi court against Arvind Kejriwal, seeks extension of his judicial custody

ED moves Delhi court against Arvind Kejriwal, seeks extension of his judicial custody

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  • 20, May, 2024
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ED moves Delhi court against Arvind Kejriwal, seeks extension of his judicial custody

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken a significant step in the legal proceedings involving Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. On Monday, the agency filed a plea in Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court seeking an extension of Kejriwal's judicial custody in connection to the money laundering case linked to the now-defunct Delhi liquor excise policy.

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, currently enjoys interim bail until June 1. However, the ED has raised concerns about his custody status in light of the ongoing investigation. The agency informed the court that Kejriwal is presently on interim bail but is obligated to surrender on June 2. The court has decided to keep the ED's application pending, with further deliberation expected on June 2.

Kejriwal's legal saga began when he was arrested by the ED on March 21 as part of their probe into the money laundering allegations surrounding the discontinued Delhi excise policy. However, the tide turned slightly in his favor when the Supreme Court granted him interim bail on May 10. Despite this respite, the apex court imposed restrictions, barring Kejriwal from visiting the Office of the Chief Minister and the Delhi Secretariat.

The timing of Kejriwal's surrender, set for June 2, is noteworthy as it coincides with the conclusion of the final phase of polling in the general elections. This scheduling adds another layer of complexity to the political landscape, potentially influencing public perception and electoral dynamics.

In a recent development, the ED, in its latest chargesheet, implicated Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the excise policy investigation. According to an official statement, the chargesheet is based on substantial evidence implicating Kejriwal as the central figure in the alleged money laundering scheme. The charges specifically cite Kejriwal's purported exploitation of his position as the Chief Minister of Delhi to facilitate illicit financial activities, a violation punishable under Section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The inclusion of the AAP in the chargesheet further complicates the legal and political landscape, potentially tarnishing the party's image and influencing its electoral prospects. As the legal proceedings unfold, all eyes will be on the judiciary to deliver a fair and impartial verdict, while the political ramifications of Kejriwal's case continue to reverberate across the political spectrum.

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