Kejriwal arrested by ED in Delhi liquor policy scam, moves SC

New Delhi, Mar 21 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested here on Thursday in the alleged liquor policy scam, even as his lawyers moved the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing challenging the Delhi High Court order denying him any protection.

“CM is arrested,” Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj posted on X.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) took the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener into custody from his official residence in connection with money laundering linked to the excise policy case.

An ED team reached the AAP chief’s residence in te evening hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant him any protection at this stage of the case.

As the ED began grilling him, Kejriwal’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singvi approached the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud for an urgent hearing.

Lawyers pushing for an urgent hearing were awaiting a response from the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Bharadwaj said, “This time everyone knows that just a few hours ago, the matter was in the Delhi High Court. The High Court has given time to ED till 22 April, told to file a reply on why the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is crucial. In a way, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is now inside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence; there is a heavy deployment of police outside his house.”

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court sought the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) response over Kejriwal’s plea challenging nine summons issued by ED against him in connection with the money laundering case related to the alleged excise liquor policy scam.

Kejriwal earlier skipped multiple summons of the agency in the case.

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