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Business News/ Politics / News/  Arvind Kejriwal should have respected…: Assam CM Himanta Sarma on how Delhi CM could have avoided ED arrest
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Arvind Kejriwal should have respected…: Assam CM Himanta Sarma on how Delhi CM could have avoided ED arrest

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said had Arvind Kejriwal responded to the Enforcement Directorate's initial summons, his arrest could have been avoided.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (HT_PRINT)Premium
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (HT_PRINT)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested for ignoring multiple summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and it could have been easily avoided if he responded to the agency, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday

"When someone is summoned 8 to 9 times and the person does not respect the summon, it only means that the person is inviting his arrest. If he had gone (to ED) the first time he was summoned, he would not have been arrested," he said as reported by ANI. 

Following Kejriwal's arrest, AAP declared a citywide protest in Delhi, planning a candlelight march and effigy burning on Sunday. Terming it a 'fake arrest', AAP said that they believe this arrest could be a turning point leading to the ousting of the BJP government.

"There will be a candle march and effigy burning across Delhi tomorrow in protest against the dictatorship of the BJP and the fake arrest of Arvind Kejriwal. Now the people of Delhi have come out on the streets in protest against the arrest of CM Arvind Kejriwal. We all have to stand together as the shield of Arvind Kejriwal. The arrest of Arvind Kejriwal will prove to be the last nail to oust the Modi government from power," AAP said in a statement on Saturday

Meanwhile, Heavy personnel deployment and multi-layer barricading have already been put in place on roads leading to the BJP headquarters, ITO, and in front of the ED office where AAP members are expected to gather to protest against the arrest of Chief Minister Kejriwal. Paramilitary personnel, equipped with anti-riot gear, have also been stationed to ensure law and order

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in connection with the now-scrapped excise policy case. Kejriwal, on Saturday, moved to the Delhi High Court, challenging his arrest and the order of remand passed by the trial court on March 22.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 24 Mar 2024, 07:56 AM IST
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