Excise policy case | Delhi High Court reserves verdict on Kejriwal’s plea challenging arrest

Senior AAP leader Atishi claimed Mr. Kejriwal has been rapidly losing weight since his arrest by ED

Updated - April 03, 2024 06:52 pm IST

Published - April 03, 2024 01:00 pm IST

The Delhi Chief Minister has been allowed to have home-cooked food in Tihar jail. File

The Delhi Chief Minister has been allowed to have home-cooked food in Tihar jail. File | Photo Credit: PTI

The Delhi High Court on April 3 reserved its verdict on a petition by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged Excise policy scam.

“I am going to reserve judgement,” said Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma after hearing the senior counsel appearing for the AAP leader as well as the agency.

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“The first of the points is, please keep in mind the importance of the case in terms of level playing field. It has three components - free and fair elections which is in turn part of democracy which is in turn part of the basic structure. This case reeks of timing issues which ensures that Kejriwal is unable to participate in democratic activity and to try to disintegrate the AAP before the first vote is cast,” senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Mr. Kejriwal, said in the court on April 3.

Earlier, senior AAP leader Atishi claimed Mr. Kejriwal has been rapidly losing weight since his arrest on March 21 and accused the BJP of putting his health at risk by keeping him in jail.

She said the Aam Aadmi Party will seek legal help over the Chief Minister’s health condition. However, the administration of Tihar jail, where Kejriwal is lodged till April 15, has denied the claims over his health. A senior Tihar jail official said Kejriwal’s vitals are normal.

Later, at a press conference, the Delhi Minister said, “Today, the Delhi High Court will hear a plea challenging his arrest by ED. After the court decides on it, we will seek legal help over his health situation.” Alleging that Kejriwal has been put behind bars in a “false case”, Ms. Atishi said they are closely monitoring his health condition.

(With PTI inputs)

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