"Sole Purpose Of Arrest To Humiliate Me": Arvind Kejriwal's Bail Hearing

“Sole Function Of Arrest To Humiliate Me”: Arvind Kejriwal’s Bail Listening to

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New Delhi:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – arrested within the alleged liquor coverage rip-off – lashed out on the Enforcement Directorate Wednesday, declaring “the only objective of the arrest is to humiliate me… to incapacitate me”. Arguing for interim aid earlier than the Delhi Excessive Court docket, Mr Kejriwal mentioned the ED had acted with out “inquiry, assertion, or materials that might be the premise of an arrest”.

The AAP boss – whose arrest weeks earlier than the Lok Sabha election led to livid protests and claims the ruling BJP is attempting to close down rival events to make sure an enormous victory – accused the company of stopping him from collaborating in elections. “Efforts are being made to interrupt the AAP,” he mentioned.

Showing for the Chief Minister, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued the ED “doesn’t have any proof in opposition to Arvind Kejriwal”. “Whereas arresting Mr Kejriwal, no try was made to take his assertion at dwelling… ED ought to have finished this earlier than arresting him,” he mentioned.

“‘Degree enjoying subject’ (earlier than an election) is not only a phrase. It’s a part of ‘free and truthful elections’ which is a part of a democratic construction. This case reeks of timing points,” Mr Singhvi started.

“What is that this urgency? I’m not speaking about politics… I’m speaking about regulation,” he continued, arguing the arrest was meant to “demolish Aam Aadmi Celebration earlier than first vote is solid”.

Mr Singhvi additionally questioned the ED over the difficulty of a number of summons to the Chief Minister, notably after the AAP chief had moved the courtroom to problem the company’s name.

“…my not responding to summons is a pleasant level of prejudice… it’s a purple herring,” he mentioned.

“Was there a chance of Arvind Kejriwal fleeing? Did he attempt to affect any witness in one-and-a half years? Did he refuse to be questioned?” the senior advocated requested.

Mr Singhvi additionally referred to the clutch of statements in opposition to the Delhi Chief Minister.

“…in first statements there can be nothing in opposition to me. Then some are arrested and, for first time, they offer an announcement in opposition to me and get bail with out objection. Then they get pardon and turn out to be approver,” he mentioned, “It is a utterly biased method. It isn’t the best way prison regulation might be utilized.”

This level was additionally made Tuesday, when the Supreme Court docket granted bail to AAP MP Sanjay Singh, who had been arrested in October in the identical case. The courtroom noticed that Dinesh Arora – one of many accused-turned-approvers – didn’t implicate Mr Singh in his preliminary statements. Mr Singh was finally arrested after he was named in an announcement by Dinesh Arora, who bought bail in August.

“Prosecution is saying, ‘until you give assertion in opposition to Kejriwal, I am going to maintain recording…'”

“Is it not shameful? Out of 13 statements by (Magunta) Reddy, he says nothing in 11. However the decide will go by one? All others are additionally underneath Part 50 (of the PMLA),” Mr Singhvi mentioned.

Mr Kejriwal – whom the ED has mentioned is the “kingpin” within the alleged rip-off – is presently in Delhi’s Tihar Jail; on Tuesday he was remanded to judicial custody until April 15, after spending over 10 days within the company’s lock-up. The ED didn’t search additional custody however mentioned his launch may hamper its probe.

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