Arvind Kejriwal ED custody ends today in Delhi liquor scam case; to be produced in court

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to present Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal before the Rouse Avenue court as his four-day custody is concluding on Monday.

Shantanu Poswal
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Courtesy: ANI

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) concluded its custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on April 1 regarding the excise policy case, and the investigative agency is set to present him in court for further proceedings.

Earlier, on Thursday, a Delhi court extended the ED's custody of AAP convenor Kejriwal until April 1. Although the agency had sought a seven-day extension, the court directed Kejriwal's appearance on April 1 at 11 am.

During Kejriwal's custodial interrogation, spanning over five days, the ED noted that he provided "evasive replies" to their inquiries. Additionally, the agency recorded statements from three other individuals relevant to the case during this period.

The ED's remand plea detailed confrontations during Kejriwal's custody, including interactions with C. Arvind, the former personal secretary to deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who received the draft Group of Ministers (GoM) report for the 2021–22 excise policy at the chief minister's residence. Moreover, the ED noted the recording of statements from an AAP candidate in the 2022 Goa elections, revealing that the candidate's election expenditure was facilitated by the AAP Office in Delhi through associates.

Data extraction from various digital devices, including the chief minister's wife's mobile phone, has been ongoing. However, data from four other devices seized from Kejriwal's premises is yet to be accessed due to pending password and login credentials.

The ED's application highlighted pending submissions of movable and immovable property details, income tax returns (ITRs), and other financial documents by Kejriwal and his family. Furthermore, the agency sought information on appointments made with the chief minister through his office's online portal.

During the interrogation, summonses were issued to senior excise officials in Punjab, alleged to be involved in coercive actions against liquor wholesalers in Delhi. These officials reportedly disrupted operations or deliveries when demands for bribes were not met, citing the hooch tragedy in Sangrur as a reason for the postponement of summonses.

Given these developments, the ED urged the court for a seven-day extension of Kejriwal's custodial remand to continue their investigation effectively.