Enforcement Directorate to seek 7-day extension of Arvind Kejriwal's custody

Arvind Kejriwal, who was arrested by the ED last week, will be produced in Rouse Avenue court after his custody ended on Thursday.
Enforcement Directorate to seek 7-day extension of Arvind Kejriwal's custody
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The Enforcement Directorate will seek a 7-day extension of the custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for further interrogation in the money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped liquor policy. The ED will also cite Kejriwal's non-cooperation during investigations to press for an extension.

Kejriwal, who was arrested by the ED last week, will be produced in Rouse Avenue court after his custody ended on Thursday.

The ED will seek an extension of the AAP supremo's custody to confront him with voluminous documents recovered during investigations. Confronting Kejriwal with statements of other accused and how kickbacks were received and proceeds of crime were used are yet to be asked.

On the other hand, the federal probe agency has summoned AAP Goa president Amit Palaekar, Ramarao Wagah and two others for questioning in the liquor policy case. They have been asked to record their statements either in Goa or Delhi.

The proceedings in the Rouse Avenue court will be closely watched as Arvind Kejriwal's wife Sunita on Wednesday claimed that her husband would do a "big expose" in the liquor policy case. Sunita Kejriwal claimed that no money was found in multiple raids conducted by the probe agency.

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Enforcement Directorate to seek 7-day extension of Arvind Kejriwal's custody

"The ED raided Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh but no money was found. They raided our (CM residence) place and found just Rs 73,000," Sunita Kejriwal said.

The AAP has insisted that Kejriwal will continue as the Delhi Chief Minister and function from jail. Earlier this week, he issued two orders from the probe agency's lockup.

Last week, while seeking Kejriwal's custody, the ED told the court that Kejriwal was the "kingpin of the liquor policy scam" and was directly involved in framing the policy.

Kejriwal's legal team argued that there was no "direct evidence" linking him to the case. They also said there were no grounds for arrest as 80% of the people did not name Kejriwal in their statements.

Source: India Today

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