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Lawyer Writes to Delhi L-G Regarding Gross Violation of Legal Procedures as Kejriwal Issues Directive from ED Custody

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'Gross violation of legal procedures': Lawyer writes to Delhi L-G as Kejriwal issues directive from ED custody

New Delhi, March 24: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, currently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the excise policy case, has issued an order to address water and sewage issues in the national capital. However, Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Jindal has raised concerns over the legality of these directives, terming it as a “gross violation of legal procedures”.

Jindal wrote to Lt. Governor V.K. Saxena highlighting the issue that came to light during a press conference where Cabinet Minister Atishi disclosed an order allegedly from Kejriwal while he was in ED custody. Atishi mentioned that Kejriwal directed her to address water and sewage related issues in Delhi.

According to Jindal, Kejriwal, being questioned by the ED, is not permitted to engage in communication with the outside world without explicit court approval. Only his spouse and legal counsel have been granted permission to meet him, and no permission has been granted to communicate any decisions as the CM of Delhi from ED custody.

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Jindal emphasized the need for an investigation to verify the claims made by Minister Atishi and ensure adherence to legal procedures. He urged the Lt. Governor to initiate an immediate and comprehensive inquiry into the matter to uphold procedural integrity and legal standards.

In a rare move, Kejriwal issued an order from ED custody regarding water supply in Delhi. The directive was conveyed through a memorandum to Delhi Minister Atishi, marking Kejriwal’s first official action while in custody. The development has sparked discussions on his ability to perform duties as the Chief Minister under such circumstances.

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