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Delhi High Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Removal Of Arvind Kejriwal As Chief Minister

Delhi High Court rejects PIL to remove Kejriwal as Chief Minister. Meanwhile ED seeks extension of custody for further investigation in money laundering case related to liquor policy.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Mar 28, 2024 13:36 IST
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The Delhi High Court rejected a petition on Thursday seeking the removal of Arvind Kejriwal, who’s arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the liquor policy case, from his role as Chief Minister of Delhi.

A division bench led by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora presided over the case. The petition was filed by Surjit Singh Yadav, a resident of Delhi who identifies as a farmer and social worker. He argued that a Chief Minister facing financial allegations should not be allowed to remain in public office.

After considering the petitioner’s counsel and reviewing the documents, the court concluded that there is no room for judicial intervention regarding the relief requested. Kejriwal is currently in ED custody, which ends today. He will be presented before the Rouse Avenue Courts later today.

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Yadav, in the PIL, argued that Kejriwal’s remaining in office would not only hinder the legal process and impede justice but also risk destabilizing the state’s constitutional framework. Yadav claimed that Kejriwal’s imprisonment renders him unfit for fulfilling the criteria outlined in Article 163 and 164 of the Indian Constitution.

Meanwhile, The Enforcement Directorate plans to request a 7-day extension of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s custody for additional questioning in the money laundering case related to the revoked liquor policy. Citing Kejriwal’s alleged lack of cooperation during the investigation, the ED aims to justify the extension. Kejriwal, arrested by the ED last week, will appear in the Rouse Avenue court as his custody concludes on Thursday.

The ED will seek an extension of the AAP supremo’s custody to confront him with extensive documents retrieved during investigations. They intend to confront Kejriwal with statements from other accused and inquire about kickbacks reception and the utilization of proceeds of crime, which have not been addressed yet.

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First published on: Mar 28, 2024 01:32 PM IST

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