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In crosshairs: AAP leaders under legal scrutiny

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), once known for its anti-corruption stance, is now facing legal battles as several top leaders are embroiled in various cases. From Delhi to Punjab, the party’s reputation is under strain as corruption allegations swirl around key figures.

Just before the scheduled Lok Sabha elections, AAP National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged excise policy scam. Other top faces like AAP MP Sanjay Singh and former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia have also faced arrest in the same case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleges that the 2021-22 Delhi liquor policy offered unusually generous profit margins, with kickbacks intended for AAP leaders. AAP Minister Satyender Jain has also been arrested by the ED in a separate money laundering case, adding to the party’s legal woes. The Supreme Court recently dismissed Jain’s bail petition in connection with the money laundering case.

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AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan is currently out on bail but facing legal issues related to illegal recruitments during his tenure as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board. The court dismissed Khan’s anticipatory bail plea in a money laundering case, casting a shadow over his political future. Tahir Hussain, another former councillor, remains in judicial custody in connection with various cases including the 2020 Delhi riots.

AAP leaders like Somnath Bharti, Sandeep Kumar, Dinesh Mohaniya, Prakash Jarwal, and even Om Singh, brother-in-law of AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, have faced legal troubles ranging from assault and domestic violence to corruption charges. In Punjab, Bathinda Rural MLA Amit Rattan Kotfatta’s arrest by the state Vigilance Bureau in a bribery case adds to the party’s woes in the state.

The series of legal battles and arrests have put AAP’s reputation at stake, raising questions about the party’s commitment to clean governance and transparency. The allegations of corruption and misconduct against its leaders have significantly damaged AAP’s credibility and public perception.

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