ED Arrests Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, was arrested on Thursday by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. He is the first sitting Chief Minister of Independent India to be arrested.

The incident occurred hours after the Delhi High Court denied interim relief to the AAP supremo in connection with the Enforcement Directorate summonses issued in the liquor policy matter.

Enforcement Directorate agents came at Kejriwal’s Civil Lines home to deliver his summons. The investigation agency conducted searches at his apartment and recorded the Chief Minister’s statement under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The Chief Minister’s appeal for protection was listed for further review on April 22, when his main petition opposing the summons was scheduled for hearing.

Hours after the court’s ruling, an Enforcement Directorate team arrived to the Delhi Chief Minister’s house in Civil Lines.

The investigative team handed up the eleventh summons to Kejriwal and questioned him inside his home.

The investigative team also searched the Chief Minister’s house.

Soon after, several AAP leaders and workers gathered outside Kejriwal’s home, claiming that they were denied admission.

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj stated that ED officials are inside Kejriwal’s home and no one is permitted to enter. “The Delhi Chief Minister’s residence has been raided. “It appears that there are plans to arrest the Chief Minister,” Bhardwaj remarked.

Heavy police presence was seen outside the Chief Minister’s home, and the police also enforced Section 144 of the CRPC, which forbids gatherings of four or more individuals, in the neighbourhood.

Later, AAP representatives announced that Arvind Kejriwal had been arrested and will be brought to the Enforcement Directorate office.

Following Kejriwal’s detention, the AAP issued a statement saying they had petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn his arrest and requested an urgent hearing by tonight.

Arvind Kejriwal is India’s first sitting chief minister to be detained. While politicians such as Lalu Yadav, Jayalalithaa, and Hemant Soren were arrested while serving as chief ministers of their respective states, they resigned before being detained by investigative authorities.


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