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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi court extends judicial custody of Arvind Kejriwal, K Kavitha in excise policy case till 7 May
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Delhi court extends judicial custody of Arvind Kejriwal, K Kavitha in excise policy case till 7 May

Delhi court on Tuesday extended judicial custody of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, K Kavitha in excise policy case. The court extended their judicial custody after they were presented in court virtually post the completion of their remand

Delhi Court has extended custody of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and BRS leader K Kavitha's custody in a case linked to Excise Policy (AFP)Premium
Delhi Court has extended custody of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and BRS leader K Kavitha's custody in a case linked to Excise Policy (AFP)

Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and BRS leader K Kavitha till 7 May. In addition to the two leaders, the court also extended the custody of Chanpreet Singh in Enforcement Directorate case related to the excise policy matter, reported ANI.

The case was heard by a special judge for CBI and ED matters Kaveri Baweja. Aam Aadmi Party supremo, Arvind Kejriwal was produced before the court through video conference on the expiry of his remand. 

In addition to AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, the judge extended the judicial custody of Kavitha, a Telangana MLC and daughter of former chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, until May 7 in the related corruption case. Charges against Kavitha have been investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Arvind Kejriwal arrest by ED

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 after he failed to get an interim protection by the High Court from arrest in the repeated summons issued by the ED in excise policy scam case. Soon after the arrest, Arvind Kejriwal had challenged his ED arrest in the court. In his plea, the AAP national convener questioned the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act that caused his arrest. 

In the plea, Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the arbitrary procedure under PMLA is being used to create a non-level playing field for the general elections . The misuse of government agencies are creating a non-level playing field for the general elections to "skew the electoral process in the favour of the ruling party at the Centre".

Arvind Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest was rejected by the High Court. The court in its ruling stated that the Enforcement Directorate had sufficient materials to validate the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal. It also said that the agency could not be blamed for choosing the timing of his arrest, as it was the result of Kejriwal's decision to skip multiple summons.

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Published: 23 Apr 2024, 02:19 PM IST
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