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Delhi HC Dismisses CM Kejriwal’s Plea, Affirms Judges’ Duty to Uphold Law over Politics

The Delhi High Court dismissed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s petition challenging his arrest by the ED, stating judges are bound by law, not political considerations. Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma noted ED’s possession of enough material for the arrest, rejecting claims of arrest being mala fide during elections.

According to the court, politics may influence governance but is not within the purview of the courts to adjudicate. The judgement emphasized on courts remaining unaffected by political interference, focusing solely on legal aspects. The conflict was deemed between Kejriwal and the ED, not the Central government.

The judge emphasized the court’s duty to interpret laws in alignment with constitutional norms, irrespective of political influences. Kejriwal’s arrest was found to be in accordance with the law, and the trial court’s order sending him to ED’s custody was deemed legal. The agency claimed compliance with procedural requirements during the arrest.

The ED alleged Kejriwal’s involvement in the Delhi excise scam, stating he demanded kickbacks for favors granted in the Excise Policy 2021-22 formulation. The agency accused Kejriwal of money laundering and collusion with Delhi government ministers. The court’s verdict reinforces the principle of law and justice prevailing over political considerations in legal proceedings.


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