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Kejriwal in Tihar Jail, Delhi govt faces challenges in implementing excise policy

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) – Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody, extended till April 15 in the excise policy case, will see him housed in Tihar Jail No 2. This move is set to complicate the functioning of the government from a prison setting.

Kejriwal will be allowed to meet approved Delhi government officials and family members twice a week, with their names on a cleared list. The former Tihar jail PRO, Sunil Kumar Gupta, highlighted the challenges of running the government from a jail facility, citing the lack of infrastructure for a Chief Minister’s office.

Gupta emphasized the extensive nature of governance, which involves more than just document signing, requiring interactions with ministers, conducting Cabinet meetings, and engaging with staff, making the establishment of a Chief Minister’s office within a jail practically unfeasible.

Kejriwal’s former deputy, Manish Sisodia and other AAP leaders are housed in different sections of Tihar Jail. Sources reveal Kejriwal will be treated like other prisoners, following a daily routine that includes meals, restricted timings for meetings, access to limited television channels, and lockdown at 7 p.m.

The unique situation of Kejriwal’s incarceration and the challenges it poses to governance underscore the complexities of running a government from behind bars, raising questions on the feasibility of such arrangements within the prison system.


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