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Delhi High Court Petitioned by CM Kejriwal for Immediate Release from ED Custody

In a dramatic legal maneuver, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has beseeched the Delhi High Court to order his prompt liberation from the clutches of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the notorious Delhi excise policy ‘scam’. Kejriwal, embroiled in a money-laundering case, has vehemently protested his arrest, contending that it violates the foundational principles of the Constitution, especially on the brink of crucial elections.

Representing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, Senior Advocate A M Singhvi argued fervently before the court, denouncing the arrest as a blatant attempt to cripple both him and his political party. Singhvi emphasized that the motive behind Kejriwal’s arrest was not to gather evidence but to incapacitate him politically. “My plea is simple: release me now,” Singhvi implored, underscoring the lack of necessity for Kejriwal’s arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma, inclined to issue a notice on the petition and allow time for the ED to respond, assured that an order would be forthcoming. However, Singhvi pressed for interim relief, urging the court to expedite Kejriwal’s release. Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, representing the ED, sought adequate time to prepare a response, citing the voluminous nature of the petition.

Singhvi, rebutting the delay tactic allegations, underscored the urgency of the matter, stressing that fundamental democratic principles were at stake. He urged the court to address the foundational issues of Kejriwal’s arrest promptly, emphasizing the pivotal role of the judiciary in upholding the rule of law.

“The essence of democracy is under threat. The very foundation of our legal system is in question. Every moment spent in custody under dubious circumstances is an affront to justice,” Singhvi asserted, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of the AAP, finds himself ensnared in a legal quagmire since his arrest on March 21 and subsequent remand to the ED’s custody until March 28. The ED’s actions came hot on the heels of the Delhi High Court’s refusal to shield Kejriwal from coercive measures by the federal anti-money laundering agency.

The crux of the case revolves around alleged corruption and money laundering linked to the formulation and implementation of Delhi’s excise policy for the fiscal year 2021-22, a policy that was ultimately rescinded amidst swirling controversies.

As the legal battle unfolds, the fate of Kejriwal hangs in the balance, with the Delhi High Court poised to adjudicate on his plea for liberation from ED custody. The outcome of this judicial saga holds profound implications not only for Kejriwal personally but also for the political landscape of Delhi and beyond.

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