Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Arrested in Liquor Policy Case by ED

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Arrested by ED on Thursday Night.

On Thursday night Enforcement Directorate Raided Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Residence in the Delhi Liquor Policy Case and Arrested the Chief Minister for the same, making him the first acting CM to be arrested in Democratic India’s History.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) detained Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in connection with the liquor policy case. Earlier, AAP leaders Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj had expressed their anticipation of Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED today. Mr. Kejriwal had previously avoided nine summonses from the central investigative agency.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asserted that K Kavitha, leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), allegedly colluded with Arvind Kejriwal, as well as AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, in devising the now-abandoned liquor policy case.

Reportedly, this alleged collaboration aimed at formulating a policy that would favor a liquor lobby based in southern India, referred to by the ED as the “South Lobby.” In exchange, the “South Lobby” purportedly pledged ₹100 crore to the AAP.

Statements from certain accused individuals and witnesses have implicated Mr. Kejriwal, a fact noted by the ED in its remand note and chargesheets.

According to the investigative agency, Vijay Nair, one of the accused in the liquor policy case, frequented Mr. Kejriwal’s office and spent considerable time there. Allegedly, Mr. Nair informed liquor traders that he discussed the policy with Mr. Kejriwal and arranged a meeting between Mr. Kejriwal and Sameer Mahendru, the owner of Indospirit.

When this meeting did not yield the desired outcome, Mr. Nair facilitated a video call between Mr. Mahendru and Mr. Kejriwal, during which Mr. Kejriwal referred to Mr. Nair as his trusted “child.”

Raghav Magunta, the primary accused in the “South Lobby” case and now a witness, purportedly disclosed that his father, a Member of Parliament from the YSR Congress Party, met with Mr. Kejriwal to discuss the liquor policy.

Additionally, C Arvind, former secretary to Mr. Sisodia, stated in December 2022 that in March of the preceding year, he received a draft report from Mr. Sisodia regarding a group of ministers.

Upon visiting Mr. Kejriwal’s residence following a call from Mr. Sisodia, Mr. Arvind reported encountering Satyendar Jain and a document. He asserted his surprise, stating that no such proposal had been deliberated in any group of ministers’ (GoM) meeting. Despite this, he alleged that he was instructed to create a GoM report based on the contents of this document.

Delhi Ministers were Detained and Arvind Kejriwal withdrew his Supreme Court Petition.

Following the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate over the alleged liquor policy scam, battle lines have been drawn, triggering significant protests spearheaded by his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and nationwide.

State ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj were at the forefront of a large protest march in Delhi, which resulted in their detention along with other demonstrators. Dramatic scenes unfolded at ITO as Atishi was forcibly removed by police officers and placed onto a bus designated to transport the protesters to the nearest police station.

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In light of security concerns, all roads leading to the AAP headquarters have been closed by the police. The AAP has issued a summons to all its office-bearers, ministers, and councillors to assemble at the main office at 10 am as part of the response strategy.

Water cannons and paramilitary forces have been deployed on DDU road, which leads to the BJP headquarters. The ITO Metro station will remain closed from 8 am to 6 pm today at the advice of the Delhi Police, according to the Delhi Metro authorities.

Arvind Kejriwal, who had filed a challenge against his arrest in the Supreme Court yesterday, withdrew his petition today, stating that they will approach a lower court first. The investigative agency, meanwhile, will present the Chief Minister in an ED court.

Kejriwal’s arrest, occurring just weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, has sparked widespread protests by thousands of party workers and garnered condemnation from the Opposition.

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