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ED claims Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is “evasive” and may need detention once again. Kejriwal has been taken to Tihar till April 15

In the case of the suspected liquor policy fraud, a Delhi court on Monday placed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under judicial custody till April 15, noting the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) argument that the “accused was highly influential and could tamper with evidence, if released.”.

After his ED detention expired, Kejriwal was brought before Special Judge Kaveri Baweja’s court. The Chief Minister said, “What the PM is doing is not good for the country,” before to entering the courtroom.

In his court appearance, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju represented the ED, claiming that Kejriwal was “non-cooperative” and provided “evasive replies”. Raju requested a 15-day judicial custody order, citing the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Senthil Balaji case. He also said that they would need his custody in the future. He was described as the “kingpin of the conspiracy” by the CIA previously.

Kejriwal will be detained at Tihar’s Jail Number 2, which is also home to three other leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP): Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, and Satyendar Jain. Jain, who is dealing with a separate money laundering case, is in Jail Number 7, while Sisodia and Sanjay, who were arrested in connection with the same case, are detained in Jails Number 1 and 5. Jail Number 6 is home to BRS leader K Kavitha.

According to the ED, Kejriwal was presented with testimonies from several co-accused, approvers, and witnesses who had “exposed his role.” The agency added, “Kejriwal also stated that Vijay Nair reported to Atishi Marlena and Saurabh Bhardwaj, not to him.” For the first time in the case, the two ministers from Delhi have been identified.

Raju said that Nair remained in the chief minister’s camp office, raising concerns about why an individual who answered to other AAP leaders would work from there. The application said that the CM had stated in his response that he was ignorant about the individuals employed at the camp office.

The agency said that Kejriwal did not provide the password to any of his electronic devices, that he was ignorant of the Rs. 45 crore in hawala payments used to finance the Goa election campaign, and that he was “confused” about the actions of his national treasurer, ND Gupta.

Gupta is an AAP Rajya Sabha member and a “active member of the party as well as a member of its political affairs committee (PAC) and had knowledge of the party’s functioning,” according to what the ED alleged the Delhi CM informed the agency. The agency said that Kejriwal referred to Gupta as “confused” after learning of the latter’s admission that the national convener made these choices.

Kejriwal was represented by senior attorneys Vikram Chaudhary and Ramesh Gupta, who made five demands. These included giving him medication while he was incarcerated, letting him keep the holy necklace he was wearing, enabling him to carry three books—the Ramayana, the Bhagavad Gita, and “How Prime Ministers Decide” by writer Neerja Chaudhary—a special diet, and a table and chair.

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