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Arvind Kejriwal court hearing Updates: HC junks PIL seeking Delhi CM's release

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing Updates: The AAP leader was arrested by the federal agency on March 21.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo.)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo.)

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing Updates: Delhi High Court on Monday is scheduled to hear a petition of Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal challenging nine summonses issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and his subsequent arrest and remand by the probe agency in connection with the excise policy-linked money laundering case....Read More

The AAP leader was arrested by the federal agency on March 21, after the high court refused to grant him interim protection from coercive action.

In the plea, Kejriwal has challenged the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act with respect to arrest, questioning and grant of bail. He has also raised several issues, including whether a political party is covered under the anti-money laundering law. It claimed that the arbitrary procedure under PMLA was being used to create a non-level playing field for the general elections to "skew the electoral process in the favour of the ruling party at the Centre".

A bench of Justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Manoj Jain will be hearing the matter.

Earlier on April 9, the high court dismissed Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest by the probe agency, saying that the arrest was legal as he "left little option" with the probe agency other than arresting him following his decision to skip multiple summons.

Meanwhile, the AAP leader's judicial custody has been extended till April 23 by Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court and has been lodged in Tihar jail.

What is the Delhi excise policy case?

The case pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22. The policy was later scrapped after Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena sought a CBI probe into the policy alleging irregularities.

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Apr 22, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing LIVE: What did the HC say?

The court was of the view that the plea was not maintainable since the petitioner, a law student mentioning his name as “We the People of India”, had not challenged judicial orders by virtue of which the CM was in judicial custody, adding that it in writ jurisdiction could not grant “extraordinary interim bail” in pending cases initiated against a person holding high office. 

“This court is of the view that the plea is non maintainable as Arvind Kejriwal is in judicial custody in pursuance to judicial orders which have not been challenged. This court in writ jurisdiction cannot grant extraordinary interim bail in pending cases initiated against a person holding high office,” the bench led by acting chief justice Manmohan said in the order.

Apr 22, 2024 12:05 PM IST

Delhi HC dismisses CM Arvind Kejriwal's petition against ED, imposes cost of ₹75,000

Delhi high court dismisses plea seeking release of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on “extra ordinary interim bail” in all criminal cases registered by ED and State, till completion of his tenure with 75,000 costs saying that the AAP convenor is in judicial custody by virtue of the orders of the court. The court was of the view that the plea filed by the law student under the name of “We the People of India” is not maintainable & courts in its writ jurisdiction cannot grant extraordinary interim bail in pending cases initiated against a person holding high office.

Apr 22, 2024 11:44 AM IST

ED lied about insulin requirement for Kejriwal, says Atishi

Delhi Cabinet minister Atishi Monday alleged that the ED "lied" in court about consulting specialists from AIIMS over whether Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a diabetic, needs insulin. 

Kejriwal had on Friday moved a fresh plea seeking consultation with his physician for 15 minutes every day and administration of insulin in jail. 

Addressing a press conference, Atishi said, "The ED lied in court and said specialists from AIIMS were consulted and they have said that no insulin is needed and have also formulated a diet chart for Kejriwal."

Apr 22, 2024 11:41 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing LIVE: What does Kejriwal's plea say?

The plea states that Kejriwal's safety and security in #TiharJail is in danger.

Apr 22, 2024 11:38 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing LIVE: Delhi HC hears CM's plea over ED summonses

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing LIVE: Delhi High Court has started hearing CM Arvind Kejriwal's plea over ED summonses

Apr 22, 2024 11:12 AM IST

Why Kejriwal approached HC?

The AAP national convenor had approached the high court in the wake of the ninth summons issued by the ED asking him to appear before it on March 21. The high court bench on March 20 asked the ED to file its reply with respect to the maintainability of the petition.

Apr 22, 2024 10:50 AM IST

AAP leader Atishi on Kejriwal's diet chart

“No consultation was done with Arvind Kejriwal before preparing the diet chart that was presented by ED and Tihar administration in front of the court. On what basis, the diet chart was provided?,” asks Delhi Minister and AAP leader Atishi

Apr 22, 2024 9:52 AM IST

Delhi HC reserves order on CM Kejriwal's plea to consult his doctors daily through VC, seeks reply from Tihar

The Rouse Avenue Court on Friday reserved order on a plea moved by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking direction to Tihar jail authorities to administer insulin and allow him to consult doctors through video conferencing daily for 15 minutes with respect to his acute diabetes and fluctuating blood sugar level. 

The Special Judge, Kaveri Baweja, after hearing the submissions at length from all sides, said, "I will pass the order on April 22, 2024. Meanwhile, we asked Tihar Jail Authorities to file a detailed reply from the Enforcement Directorate and Tihar Jail Authorities till tomorrow." 

During the arguments, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for Kejriwal and submitted that allegations are that I have been consuming mangoes... Out of 48 meals sent from home, only three times mangoes were there. Mangoes have not been sent after April 8. In an attempt to pre-empt and cover-up the issue, jail authorities in collaboration with ED, has sought to do media trial by alleging that sugar levels of the Applicant is rising because of his diet.

Apr 22, 2024 9:16 AM IST

What is the Delhi excise policy case?

The case pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22. The policy was later scrapped after Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena sought a CBI probe into the policy alleging irregularities.

Apr 22, 2024 8:35 AM IST

'Arvind Kejriwal's food being monitored...they want to kill him': Sunita Kejriwal

Levelling strong accusations against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre, Sunita Kejriwal, the wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said that every morsel being consumed by her husband is being monitored and attempts are being made to "kill" him in jail by denying him insulin. 

The former bureaucrat further said that CM Kejriwal has "no desire" for power and he just wants to serve the nation and bring it to the first position in the world. 

She was speaking at the 'Nyay Ulgulan Rally' by INDIA bloc leaders against the arrest of two key opposition faces -- ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal -- in Ranchi, Jharkhand, amid the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

Apr 22, 2024 8:18 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal court hearing LIVE: Delhi HC to hear CM Kejriwal's plea against ED summons in excise case

The Delhi High Court will on Monday hear Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's petition challenging the summonses issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with its probe into an excise policy-linked money laundering case. 

Kejriwal, arrested by the agency on March 21 after the high court refused to grant him interim protection from coercive action, has also challenged the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act with respect to arrest, questioning and grant of bail. 

The plea is scheduled for hearing before the bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and Justice Manoj Jain.

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