SC turns down urgent hearing, Arvind Kejriwal to remain in jail

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for an urgent hearing challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the liquor policy case was turned down by the Supreme Court on Monday, leading to an extension of his jail term until 29 April.

Notably, last week, the Delhi High Court had also refused to grant any relief to the AAP supremo, emphasizing that Kejriwal’s alleged involvement in the formulation of policy and the demand for kickbacks was in his personal capacity and he is answerable as the national convenor of the AAP.

Kejriwal and the AAP have claimed that his arrest was strategically timed just before the Lok Sabha elections to sideline the party’s senior leaders, including the Chief Minister, and disrupt their campaign plans.

The court upheld its previous remand orders, which had initially sent Kejriwal to the ED’s custody and then to Delhi’s Tihar Jail until April 15, ruling his arrest as valid and dismissing his plea.

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