Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Battles Legal Challenges in Liquor Policy Case

Kejriwal faces legal battles over liquor policy case, with implications for Delhi's governance. Supreme Court, Rouse Avenue court proceedings ongoing, PIL filed seeking facilities for CM to govern from jail.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Battles Legal Challenges in Liquor Policy Case

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Battles Legal Challenges in Liquor Policy Case

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently facing legal battles on two fronts related to the liquor policy case. On April 15, the Supreme Court refused to grant immediate relief to Kejriwal in his plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the case. The matter is now likely to be heard on April 29. On the same day, a judge at the Rouse Avenue court in Delhi extended Kejriwal's judicial custody until April 23.

The primary difference between the two cases is that the Rouse Avenue court proceedings are a precursor to the criminal trial against Kejriwal in the liquor policy case, while the Supreme Court case questions the constitutional validity of his arrest. Kejriwal has challenged his arrest, arguing that it was not in compliance with the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The Delhi High Court had earlier rejected Kejriwal's plea, and he has now approached the Supreme Court against this order.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to allow Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to hold video conferencing interactions with assembly members and cabinet ministers while in judicial custody. The petition also seeks to restrain the media from airing alleged misleading and sensational headlines about imposing President's rule in Delhi. The Delhi High Court has recently dismissed three PILs seeking Kejriwal's removal as Chief Minister, imposing a fine of ₹50,000 on one of the petitioners.

Why this matters: The legal challenges faced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy case have significant implications for the governance of the national capital. The outcome of these cases could potentially impact the stability of the Delhi government and the future of the Aam Aadmi Party's political prospects.

Kejriwal's judicial custody has been extended till April 23, 2024, and the ED has alleged that the AAP is the major beneficiary of the proceeds of crime generated in the alleged liquor scam. The Delhi High Court's dismissal of PILs seeking Kejriwal's removal as Chief Minister indicates that the court considers the Governor to be the sole authority to decide on such matters. While the legal battles continue, the people of Delhi await the resolution of these cases and their impact on the city's governance.

Key Takeaways

  • Kejriwal faces legal battles over liquor policy case, arrest challenged
  • Supreme Court to hear Kejriwal's plea against arrest on April 29
  • PIL filed seeking Kejriwal's video conferencing access, restraint on media
  • Delhi HC dismissed PILs seeking Kejriwal's removal as CM, imposed fine
  • Outcome of cases could impact Delhi govt stability, AAP's political future