Updated March 22nd, 2024 at 21:24 IST

'Kejriwal Will Always be The CM of Delhi': Atishi | LIVE

Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has been produced in court on Friday after his arrest yesterday over the liquor scam case. Stay tuned for latest updates

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Arvind Kejriwal Arrest: Delhi's Rouse Avenue court sent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the Enforcement Directorate's custody till March 28, a day after his arrest in the excise policy-linked money laundering case. Special Judge Kaveri Baweja at the Rouse Avenue court said Kejriwal will be produced before the court on March 28 at 2 pm. The court passed the order on the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) application seeking a 10-day custody in the case. During the hearing for remand, the ED said that Kejriwal -- the AAP's national convener -- was a "key conspirator" in the excise policy scam case along with other ministers and party leaders. The Republic TV team is on the ground for minute-by-minute updates. During the hearing in the court, the ED had called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a ‘Kingpin’ in the liquor scam case along with other ministers and AAP leaders, as it sought his 10-day custody from a court. The ED told Special Judge Kaveri Baweja at the Rouse Avenue court that Kejriwal received several crores of rupees as kickbacks from the 'South group' for formulating and implementing the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22. For the unversed, Kejriwal was arrested on Thursday evening by a 12-member team of the ED following prolonged questioning in connection with the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy case. The arrest, the first of a sitting chief minister, came hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant protection to the AAP national convenor from any coercive action by the federal agency. 

Arvind Kejriwal Delhi Liquor Scam Case Hearing | Highlights

  • 21 AAP workers including Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj released from Bawana Police station. They were detained during the party's protest against the arrest of CM Arvind Kejriwal at ITO today.
  • Kejriwal was sent to ED custody till March 28. AAP leader Atishi says, "We, very respectfully and humbly disagree with the decision of the court. ED has no proof even after 2 years of investigation... ED forced their witnesses to give statements against Arvind Kejriwal... We will explore all possible legal routes... One by one opposition parties are being targetted in front of the judiciary... Arvind Kejriwal will always be the CM of Delhi. There is no Constitutional bar on him not being the CM. He has not been convicted till now..."
  • AAP plans gherao of PM's residence on Tuesday: The AAP will not celebrate Holi this year and will gherao the prime minister's residence on March 26 to register its protest against Arvind Kejriwal's arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the party's Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said. Addressing a press conference, Rai alleged that MLAs and councillors of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were stopped from meeting the family members of the Delhi CM. "Workers and leaders were detained throughout the day. The whole country is sad and angered by Kejriwal's arrest. At 10 am on Saturday, all AAP MLAs, councillors, office-bearers, INDIA bloc representatives will take a pledge to save democracy. We will gather at the Shaheedi Park on Saturday, the martyrdrom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev," the Delhi minister said. 
  • RAF Deployed Near Rouse Avenue Court: Rapid Action Force (RAF) deployed at DDU road near Rouse Avenue court.
  • Kejriwal's wife reacts: “Modiji got your thrice elected Chief Minister arrested out of arrogance of power. He is trying to crush everyone. This is a betrayal of the people of Delhi. Your Chief Minister has always stood with you. Whether inside or outside, his life is dedicated to the country. The public knows everything that he is Janardan. Jai Hind.”
  • Order Reserved: Delhi Rouse Avenue Court's Special Judge reserves the order on the ED application seeking 10 days custodial remand of CM Arvind Kejriwal in the excise policy case. The order will be passed shortly.
  • ‘No Evidence Against Kejriwal’: Speaking to reporters, on Arvind Kejriwal's remand hearing, Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta representing the CM said, "We've said that it is an illegal arrest and there was no evidence against him...Arguments from our side are continuing..."
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's remand hearing: "How much weight should be given to an approver's statement can only be a consideration at the time of trial. It can't be argued in a remand application," said ED while opposing Kejriwal's lawyers' submissions raising questions over approvers' statements.
  • AAP stages protest: Aam Aadmi Party leaders march towards the residence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Civil Lines area
  • On Anna Hazare's statement over the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, AAP MLA Dilip Pandey says, "It's very unfortunate, he is respected by all of us but it's sad and we are also pained sometimes when people like Himanta Biswa Sarma against whom the BJP has campaigned in the past gets into the BJP and become the CM, no one raise the voice. When people like Ajit Pawar get along with the BJP, this very respected person (Anna Hazare) says nothing. This behaviour is painful and sad..."
  • On Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's arrest by the ED, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya says, "Members from the INDI alliance have long believed that they are above the nation's law. Earlier, when legal proceedings were initiated against the then CM and HM of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the BJP did not hit the streets and protested in this manner... People who believe that they are an exception and stand above the rule of law, because of having the privilege of being born in a particular family and having ruled the country for so many years... When two days ago, the SC passed a judgement against the Electoral Bonds, the same people were hailing the decision as a blow to the government. Today when the same people are asked to approach the courts with their grievances, they say even the courts are compromised."
  • No proof against CM Kejriwal. 80% haven't named Kejriwal in their statements: Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
  • Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says that according to ED, the CM is arrested for non-cooperation. All necessary documents/ information are already in possession of ED and summoning him (Kejriwal) 'in person' is therefore a ploy to illegally arrest him and the present matter is a clear case of malice, Singhvi adds.
  • ASG SV Raju, representing the Enforcement Directorate, before Rouse Avenue court submits that the proceeds of crime are not only just Rs 100 crores. Hawala trails of Rs 45 crores traced, the money was used in Goa election, says ASG.
  • Arvind Kejriwal has arrived in the courtroom amid heavy security. The Enforcement Directorate took arrested Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to present him before a special court at Rouse Avenue.
  • ED is reportedly seeking a 10-day custody of Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was produced in Rouse Avenue Court, as ED sought his custody in connection with the now-scrapped liquor policy. 
  • During the hearing, ASG SV Raju noted that the ED complied with Section 19 of the PMLA during the arrest of Kejriwal.
  • He also spoke about the details about the case referring to the Senthil Balaji case.
  • He's asking the court to go through the remand application.
  • Delhi CM Withdraws Plea from SC Against Arrest by Enforcement Directorate. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Arvind Kejriwal told the Supreme Court that Arvind Kejriwal has withdrawn the petition filed in the Supreme Court as it is clashing with the remand.
  • Massive Lead in Investigation Against Kejriwal - The ED, during the searches at Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, recovered a document spanning approximately 150 pages with sensitive details about top rank officers has reportedly been recovered from Kejriwal. And the probe agency is likely to produce the evidence for the first time. According to sources, the evidence hints that Arvind Kejriwal was allegedly spying on Enforcement Directorate officials. As per reports, the document contained crucial information about the top two officers in the Enforcement Directorate.
  • ED Probe Gathers Steam with ‘Cash for Election’ Angle - ED sources have further claimed that AAP workers have admitted that they were given cash. 
  • The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to grant protection from arrest to CM Kejriwal in the liquor policy case. ED officials reached the Delhi CM's official residence with a search warrant in the now-scrapped liquor policy case. There is heavy police force deployment at Rouse Avenue Court.
Heavy police force deployment at Rouse Avenue Court in view of CM Arvind Kejriwal's hearing | Republic
  • Listing the matter for the next hearing on April 22 at 10.30 am in the court of District Judge (Commercial) Kaveri Baweja, a Delhi High Court bench of Justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Manoj Jain said, "We have heard both sides, and we are not inclined at this stage (to grant protection). The respondent (ED) is at liberty to file a reply." The bench had asked the ED to file a reply to the CM’s petition. Arvind Kejriwal is likely to be produced before the court around 2 pm to 2.30 pm today.
  • Arvind Kejriwal will be produced before a special PMLA court today, officials said. They added that the ED will seek his custody for interrogation.

Published March 22nd, 2024 at 07:41 IST