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‘Courts Don’t Remove A CM’, Delhi HC Refuses To Entertain PIL Seeking Arvind Kejriwal’s Removal As CM

On Thursday, the Delhi High Court rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that aimed to remove Arvind Kejriwal from his role as Chief Minister of the national capital.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Apr 4, 2024 13:22 IST
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Delhi HC Declines To Entertain PIL To Remove Kejriwal As CM

Delhi High Court on Thursday declined to consider a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the removal of Arvind Kejriwal from his position as Chief Minister of the national capital.

Last week, a new PIL surfaced in the Delhi High Court, targeting the removal of Arvind Kejriwal from his position as Chief Minister, citing his custody by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a liquor policy case. The PIL was lodged by Vishnu Gupta, the National President of Hindu Sena, and aimed to compel Kejriwal’s ousting from office.

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However, the plea faced rejection from a bench led by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora. The court dismissed Gupta’s petition, indicating that the decision of whether Kejriwal should continue as Chief Minister ultimately rested with Kejriwal himself. While acknowledging the importance of national interests over personal ones, the court asserted that the matter fell within Kejriwal’s prerogative.

The Delhi High Court further advised the petitioner to pursue recourse through avenues such as the Lieutenant Governor or the President of India. Kejriwal’s current predicament stems from his incarceration in Tihar Jail, following the Rouse Avenue court’s decision to remand him in judicial custody in connection with the excise policy case. The Enforcement Directorate took Kejriwal into custody on March 21 after he disregarded nine summonses issued to him.

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First published on: Apr 04, 2024 12:00 PM IST

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