Arvind Kejriwal sent to judicial custody till April 15 in liquor policy case

05:47PM Mon 1 Apr, 2024

A Delhi court on Monday sent chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to judicial custody until April 15 in a money laundering case linked to a now-scrapped liquor policy, less than three weeks before the country begins voting in Lok Sabha elections.

Kejriwal was produced in the court of Special Judge Kaveri Baweja after his Enforcement Directorate custody came to an end.

The probe agency sought 15-day judicial custody of Kejriwal and told the court that they may require further custody at a later date.

Additional solicitor general S. V. Raju, appearing for the ED, said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo has been “non-cooperative” during the custody and has been “evasive” with the replies.

"He has deliberately not given passwords to the electronic devices," Raju submitted.

Speaking to reporters before entering court, the AAP leader said, "Whatever the prime minister is doing(referring to his arrest) is not good for the country".

AAP ministers Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj and Kejriwal's wife Sunita Kejriwal were present in court.

Reacting to the court's order, AAP leader Dilip Pandey said, “Arvind Kejriwal has been sent to judicial custody and it was not opposed by ED, it shows that interrogation was not the purpose. The purpose was to arrest Arvind Kejriwal just before the Lok Sabha elections and break the INDIA alliance.”

“The entire country is watching how Delhi Police, ED, CBI, and IT are all working on the instructions of BJP,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi high court refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain the chief minister from issuing orders while in ED’s custody in the money laundering case.

The court asked the central agency to submit a note to the special judge who is currently dealing with the excise policy case and directed the judge to pass appropriate orders in accordance with the law.