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    Arvind Kejriwal begins day in Tihar Jail by sweeping his cell

    The Hawk
    April3/ 2024
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    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal adapts to life in Tihar Jail, maintaining health and routine amidst judicial custody in the high-profile excise policy case, as AAP leaders rally support.

    Kejriwal being brought to Tihar Jail

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been remanded to judicial custody in the liquor policy case, started Wednesday morning by sweeping his prison cell with a broom at Delhi's Tihar Jail, sources said.
    Sources said that all under-trial prisoners at Tihar Jail have to clean their cells themselves.

    According to Tihar sources, Kejriwal is absolutely healthy and jail doctors have not expressed any such concerns. Reportedly Aam Aadmi Party sources alleged that Kejriwal had lost a lot of weight since his arrest.
    According to sources in Tihar jail, Kejriwal has also asked for a chair from the jail administration.
    On April 1, a Delhi court remanded the Delhi Chief Minister to 15-day judicial custody in the excise policy case and sent him to Tihar Jail till April 15.

    The court has permitted him to have home-cooked meals and carry with him the prescribed medications for his diabetes.
    According to the sources, the Delhi Chief Minister lodged in Jail Number 2 of the high security Tihar Jail was given an isolation room and was provided with a table and a chair to keep three books, as per the court's order.

    "Kejriwal slept on his own bed, which was different from the regular one provided by the jail authority. Since the area was small, he could have faced difficulty but didn't complain about it," the sources in the Tihar jail said on Tuesday.
    They further said that officials saw him keeping his devices like a sugar sensor and glucometer, isabgol, glucose, and toffees on his table. The court had directed jail authorites to allow Kejriwal to carry these items to be used in case of sudden dip in his sugar levels.

    On Tuesday, the Delhi Chief Minister woke up early and was served breakfast and tea at 6:40 am.
    "After an early lunch, he will have to go back to his cell at 12 noon and have to stay there till 3 pm," the sources said.
    Kejriwal was taken to jail on Monday afternoon after the conclusion of his Directorate of Enforcement custodial remand.
    The ED cast the Delhi Chief Minister as the "kingpin" in the alleged scam, and told the court the AAP leader had given "evasive replies" and concealed information relevant to the investigation.
    In the year 2014 too the AAP leader was lodged in Tihar jail after he refused to furnish a bail amount of Rs 10,000 in a defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.
    Other AAP leaders currently lodged in Tihar are Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain. Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha, who is also former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's daughter is also lodged in Tihar jail.