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Vague, baseless’: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal hits back at ED in counter-affidavit

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticized the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for its handling of a money-laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy scam, describing its actions as “most high-handed.” Responding to the ED’s affidavit filed in the Supreme Court regarding his arrest, Kejriwal asserted his cooperation with the investigation, challenging the ED’s justification for his detention based on alleged non-compliance with summons.

Kejriwal contended that the ED’s affidavit indicated a disregard for due process, asserting that the agency’s approach was fraught with “bogey and blatant falsehood.” He maintained that he had consistently responded to all summons, refuting any allegations of non-cooperation on his part. Kejriwal questioned the necessity of his physical presence for questioning, suggesting that alternative means of communication could have been utilized.

The AAP leader urged the court to consider his plea for release, emphasizing his entitlement to freedom. Meanwhile, the ED, in its own affidavit, portrayed Kejriwal as a central figure in the excise policy scam, alleging his involvement in corrupt practices alongside his ministers and party members. The agency defended Kejriwal’s arrest, asserting that it was based on substantial evidence and did not infringe upon electoral integrity.

Kejriwal’s arrest on March 21 came after the Delhi High Court declined to shield him from coercive action by the ED. Currently incarcerated in Tihar jail, Kejriwal awaits judicial proceedings. The Supreme Court, on April 15, issued a notice to the ED, seeking its response to Kejriwal’s petition challenging his arrest.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court upheld Kejriwal’s arrest, deeming it lawful in light of his repeated non-compliance with summonses. The case revolves around allegations of corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of Delhi’s excise policy for 2021-22, subsequently revoked. Kejriwal’s legal battle underscores broader concerns regarding accountability and due process in high-profile corruption cases.

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