CBI seeks Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody, court reserves order

The CBI approached the Rouse Avenue court seeking judicial custody for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the liquor policy case.
CBI seeks Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody, court reserves order
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A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order on the CBI's plea seeking judicial custody for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as his three-day custodial interrogation came to an end. Kejriwal, who was arrested by the central agency in connection with the liquor policy case on Wednesday, was produced before the Rouse Avenue court.

A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order on the CBI's plea seeking judicial custody for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as his three-day custodial interrogation came to an end. Kejriwal, who was arrested by the central agency in connection with the liquor policy case on Wednesday, was produced before the Rouse Avenue court.

The AAP chief’s lawyer, Vikram Chaudhary, opposed the CBI's plea for custody, describing it as an abuse of power and requesting access to documents.

During the hearing, Kejriwal personally addressed the court, asserting his innocence and that of other AAP leaders, including his deputy Manish Sisodia. He accused the CBI of manipulating media headlines to falsely portray his involvement and denied putting the blame on Sisodia.

Kejriwal is already in Tihar jail in connection with his alleged involvement in the money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The Delhi liquor policy case involves alleged irregularities in the 2021-22 excise policy, including modifications, undue favours to licensees, and the extension of L-1 licences without prior approval. The CBI is probing corruption charges, while the ED is investigating the alleged money laundering aspect.

In July 2022, Delhi's then Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s 2021-22 excise policy, alleging “deliberate and gross procedural lapses”, according to an assessment report prepared by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar.

Following the Home Ministry's directions for an inquiry into the matter, the CBI had in August 2022 registered a case against Manish Sisodia, three Delhi government officials, 10 liquor licensees, and unknown others.

According to the CBI’s FIR, the named accused were instrumental in “recommending and taking decisions pertaining to excise policy for the year 2021-22 without the approval of the competent authority, with an intention to extend undue favours to the licensees post tender”.

Source: India Today

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