Delhi High Court denies immediate relief; Arvind Kejriwal to remain in custody

The court has given time to ED until April 2 to respond to Kejriwal's petition, which is scheduled for the next hearing on April 3.

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Arvind Kejriwal will spend another night behind bars after the Delhi High Court rejected his plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged liquor policy scam.

The court has given time to ED until April 2 to respond to Kejriwal's petition, which is scheduled for the next hearing on April 3. Consequently, Kejriwal's custody is extended, and he remains detained in the ED's lock-up in Delhi.

Legal dispute

During the hearing, Kejriwal's legal team accused the ED of purposely delaying the legal procedure, while the agency requested three weeks to respond, citing late service of the petition. However, Kejriwal's team clarified that the petition was filed on March 23, with subsequent clarifications provided.

Political allegations

Kejriwal contends that his arrest violates his human rights, alleging political motives behind the timing. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) asserts that the arrest is aimed at disrupting their election campaign.

The ED seeks to respond to both the main issue and the interim relief petition, asserting its procedural rights. Kejriwal and other party members deny involvement in the scandal that has tarnished AAP's reputation.

Allegations and denials on Kejriwal's arrest

The ED accuses Kejriwal of complicity in a scheme to illicitly fund AAP's election efforts, an accusation vehemently denied by him and his colleagues.

Meanwhile, AAP and opposition parties criticize the central government for allegedly misusing agencies like the ED to target political adversaries. AAP condemns the timing of Kejriwal's arrest as interference in the electoral process.