Why AAP didn’t push for late-night court hearing over Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday evening rushed to the Supreme Court seeking protection from coercive action by the Enforcement Directorate in an Delhi liquor policy-linked money laundering case. He was arrested by the probe agency soon after.

Earlier during the day, the High Court had refused to grant protection to the AAP national convenor from any coercive action by the agency.

According to the details, the Chief Minister’s team of lawyers had contacted the Supreme Court registry for an urgent hearing into the matter, after which they were asked to wait.

Later, the message from Kejriwal’s legal team was forwarded to the team of the Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, who in turn said the hearing “cannot take place tonight”.

Following the message, Arvind Kejriwal’s legal team decided not to push for a late-night hearing.

It is worth noting that today (Friday) is the last working day of the Supreme Court before the holidays for Holi festivities begin.

The Chief Minister’s lawyers will mention the matter before the Supreme Court on Friday, and the plea is likely to be heard today.

Following his arrest, Arvind Kejriwal was taken to the Enforcement Directorate’s headquarters in central Delhi.

In a day of fast-paced developments, a 10-member Enforcement Directorate team led by an additional director reached his official residence on Flagstaff Road in Civil Lines in the national capital soon after the high court order and carried out searches. He was arrested more than two hours after the team arrived at his residence, officials said.

The probe agency also questioned Kejriwal briefly before making the arrest, news agency PTI reported, adding that some seizures had also been made.

Published By:

Vani Mehrotra

Published On:

Mar 22, 2024


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