Delhi HC To Hear Arvind Kejriwal’s Plea Challenging Arrest By CBI In Excise Policy Case Today

The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday hear the petition filed by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal challenging his arrest and remand in the CBI case about the now-scrapped excise policy.

The matter will be heard by a single-judge bench of Justice Neena Bansal Krishna after a petition was filed on Monday.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo also challenged a June 26 order of the trial court by which he was remanded in the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) custody for three days.

On June 29, Kejriwal was sent to judicial custody till July 12 in the corruption case by the trial court, which said his name has surfaced as one of the main conspirators and as the investigation is still in progress, his further custodial interrogation may be required.

Kejriwal was arrested by the CBI on June 26 from the Tihar jail, where he was in judicial custody till July 3 in a related money-laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The CBI had claimed before the trial court that the AAP chief did not cooperate with the investigation and deliberately gave evasive replies. The federal agency had also expressed apprehension that Kejriwal might influence witnesses.

While sending Kejriwal to the CBI’s custody for three days on June 26, the trial court refused to declare his arrest illegal, as sought by the defence counsel, saying “The timing may be circumspect but it is not the clear criterion for declaring an arrest illegal”.

Kejriwal, who was arrested by the ED on March 21, was granted bail by the trial court in the money-laundering case on June 20. However, the trial court’s order was stayed by the high court.

The excise policy was scrapped in 2022 after the Delhi lieutenant governor ordered a CBI probe into alleged irregularities and corruption involving its formulation and execution.

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