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Arvind Kejriwal arrested in liquor policy scam weeks before Lok Sabha polls, AAP moves SC | 10 points

Before arresting Arvind Kejriwal, Enforcement Directorate officials carried out searches at Delhi Chief Minister's residence in relation to the liquor policy scam case. AAP Minister Manish Sisodia is already behind bars in the excise policy scam.

Reported By : Bhaskar Mishra, Gonika Arora Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari
New Delhi
Updated on: March 22, 2024 1:08 IST
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi liquor policy scam, AAP, Supreme Court, Lok Sabha Elections 2024
Image Source : ANI Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrested by ED in Delhi liquor policy scam.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on Thursday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the liquor policy scam case. The Chief Minister was arrested by the probing agency after two hours of questioning. Kejriwal has been taken to the Enforcement Directorate's headquarters and will be produced in the court on Friday. Amid this, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Atishi said that they have moved the Supreme Court to quash the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal and asked for an urgent hearing by the top court tonight itself. However, according to reports, there will be no urgent hearing in the top court regarding this matter. An SC official has said that Kejriwal's lawyers are likely to mention their plea before the court on Friday (today) around 10:30 am. Amidst all this, AAP addressed a presser and said that it will continue its fight against the BJP to protect the Constitution of the country. "Our fight will go on from the streets to the Court," Atishi added. 

  1. The AAP chief was arrested after over two hours of questioning by an ED team, which included a Joint Director, at his residence. Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court refused to grant Kejriwal any interim relief. 
  2. Kejriwal is the biggest name to be arrested in the alleged scam, after BRS lawmaker K Kavitha, former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and AAP RS member Sanjay Singh, among others.
  3. The Aam Aadmi Party protested against the Enforcement Directorate's actions to arrest AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal saying the people of Delhi are watching this and won't remain silent.
  4. As ED officials were carrying out searches at Kejriwal's residence, several AAP ministers including Saurabh Bhardwaj, Atishi, Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi, and Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel among others including party workers were present outside Delhi CM's residence. 
  5. Speaking on Kejriwal's arrest, Rajya Sabha MP & JMM leader Mahua Maji said, "Wherever there is non-BJP govt, these things are happening in those states only. Elections are going to be held, model code of conduct is in place but the way things are going on, firstly in Jharkhand and then in Delhi, this isn't democracy but a preparation for autocracy..."
  6. A while ago, Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said that even if Kejriwal is arrested, he will continue to remain the Chief Minister. 
  7. The Aam Aadmi Party-led government in Delhi had already scrapped its new liquor policy after money laundering questions were raised against the scheme. 
  8. Arvind Kejriwal's phones and other electronic devices have been seized by the probing agency. 
  9. The arrest, the first of a sitting chief minister, came hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant protection to Kejriwal from any coercive action by the agency.
  10. Kejriwal's arrest has come just weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to be held in seven phases beginning from April 19. The polling in Delhi in all seven seats will take place in the sixth phase on May 25. AAP has entered into an alliance with the Congress in Delhi. The former will be contesting on four seats.

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