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Delhi HC reserves verdict on Arvind Kejriwal's bail plea in ED custody


New Delhi: In the latest development surrounding the arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Delhi excise policy case, the Delhi High Court has reserved its verdict on Kejriwal's plea seeking immediate release from ED custody.

Represented by senior advocate Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kejriwal's legal team argued that the timing of his arrest appears to be a deliberate attempt to hinder his participation in democratic activities and disintegrate the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before the upcoming elections.

The ED, in its reply filed before the Delhi High Court, asserted that Kejriwal is the "kingpin" and "key conspirator" of the alleged scam.

Despite objections from Kejriwal's legal counsel regarding the necessity of ED's reply, the court emphasized the importance of hearing both sides fairly. Kejriwal's deteriorating health condition, particularly his severe diabetes and significant weight loss since his arrest, has also been a point of concern raised by Delhi Minister Atishi.

Meanwhile, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, also implicated in the same case, was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

The apex court highlighted the absence of recovered money as a crucial factor in Singh's bail decision. Additionally, Kejriwal has been permitted to keep essential items like a sugar sensor, glucometer, isabgol, glucose, and toffees in his Tihar jail cell to manage his diabetes.

During the court proceedings, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi reiterated that Kejriwal's petition challenges his illegal arrest under Section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

On the other hand, Additional Solicitor SV Raju, representing the ED, argued that Kejriwal was arrested due to his involvement in the alleged scam, emphasizing the agency's evidence, including WhatsApp chats and statements from hawala operators.

Raju also referred to judgments on the "cognizance of offenses," highlighting the prima facie opinion of guilt of money laundering against the accused. Despite the ongoing legal battle, the court's decision on Kejriwal's bail plea remains pending, leaving the political landscape in Delhi in a state of uncertainty.

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TAGS:Delhi High CourtAAPEDMoney LaunderingArvind KejriwalDelhi Excise Policy CaseLiquor Scam Case
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