Arvind Kejriwal to stay in judicial custody till Apr. 15

The Enforcement Directorate told the court that it is not seeking any further custody of the Delhi CM

Arvind Kejriwal to stay in judicial custody till 15 April / X/ @ArvindKejriwal

On Apr. 1, a Delhi Court sent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to judicial custody until Apr. 15 in the excise policy scam case. The Enforcement Directorate presented the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader before Special CBI Judge Kaveri Baweja.

During the hearing at the Rouse Avenue Court, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju clarified that the federal agency was not seeking any further custody of the Delhi Chief Minister. Instead, he stated, "We're asking for judicial custody."

AAP ministers Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj, and Arvind Kejriwal's wife, Sunita Kejriwal, were present in the court. Referring to the case of former Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji, the counsel stated, "Kindly consider the Senthil Balaji case where custody can be sought later than 15 days... Therefore, at this stage, he shall be sent to judicial custody."

“Kindly look at why we can seek custody later. It is because he is evasive and non-cooperative and is diverting the investigation,” ASG Raju told the court. The anti-corruption agency informed the court that in his statement, Kejriwal said, “Vijay did not report to me but to Atishi.”

“He doesn’t even know who is at his camp office… he was shown different WhatsApp chat…he has not answered the question,” the ED said, adding that he also did not provide the “password of his digital devices deliberately.”

Following this, the federal agency requested 15 days of judicial custody for the Delhi chief minister, which was granted by the court.

Delhi's Tihar jail has started preparations to accommodate Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Over the past four days, the jail administration has conducted at least two high-level meetings, including one held by the jail superintendent on Apr. 1.

The AAP posted a video on social media stating “What the Prime Minister is doing is not good for the country.”