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Delhi HC to hear Kejriwal’s plea against arrest and remand in Excise policy case on March 27

The Delhi High Court refused to immediately hear a petition by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal against his arrest by the ED in connection with the money laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy scam. The court will hear the petition on March 27 after Holi. Kejriwal’s legal team had sought an immediate hearing, stating his arrest was illegal and he should be released immediately.

The ED claimed that AAP is the major beneficiary of the proceeds of the alleged liquor scam and Kejriwal is the “kingpin and key conspirator” in the excise policy case. The probe agency alleges Kejriwal demanded kickbacks from liquor businessmen in exchange for favours granted under the policy. The policy was said to favor the ‘South Group’ and was formed in collusion with other individuals including Vijay Nair and Manish Sisodia.

The ED stated that Kejriwal should be deemed guilty under Section 4 of PMLA and liable to be prosecuted. Kejriwal’s legal team had urged the High Court for an expedited hearing, but it was refused. The court granted custody of Kejriwal to the ED until March 28. Kejriwal was directly involved in the conspiracy for the excise policy formulation, as per the probe agency’s claims.

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