Law & Judiciary

    Delhi excise policy case: Setback for Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi HC rejects plea challenging arrest by ED

    The Hawk
    April9/ 2024
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    Delhi High Court dismisses CM Kejriwal's plea against arrest in alleged excise scam, stating the enforcement actions were legally justified. The case involves charges of corruption and money laundering linked to Delhi's excise policy.

    Delhi Chief Minister

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam.

    "The court is of the view that the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal was not in contravention of legal provisions. The remand can't be held to be illegal," said Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma while delivering the verdict.

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    Besides his arrest, Kejriwal, who is currently in judicial custody, also challenged his subsequent remand in ED custody in the case.

    The matter pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22 that was later scrapped.

    Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21, hours after the high court refused to grant him protection from coercive action by the federal anti-money laundering agency.

    He was sent to judicial custody in the case on April 1 after he was produced in the trial court on expiry of ED custody.