SC to hear Kejriwal’s plea challenging arrest today

The apex court has listed the matter for April 29, Monday, after being apprised by advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi,.
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday the appeal of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging the Delhi High Court order dismissing his plea against the ‘illegal arrest’ and subsequent remand in alleged Delhi liquor policy linked money laundering case.

The apex court has listed the matter for April 29, Monday, after being apprised by advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the Chief Minister, on Friday that despite it’s intention to list the plea on the week commencing April 29, the auto generated causelist of the SC showed the case listed for hearing on May 6. Thereby Singhvi sought urgent listing of the plea. “There is urgency... please consider it,” he pleaded before the court. Justice Sanjiv Khanna, leading the bench of the top court, assured that the matter would be considered.

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A day after his plea was rejected by the Delhi High Court, Kejriwal on April 10 moved the Supreme Court against the dismissal of plea challenging his arrest and subsequent remand in Delhi liquor ‘scam’.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the case, has submitted a reply to the apex court saying that the accused Arvind Kejriwal, had desperately tried to save himself by not appearing before it, evading nine summons issued to him.

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The ED filed its reply before the SC in compliance with the apex court orders which sought its response on Kejriwal’s appeal. The ED, in its reply, said when Kejriwal could not secure a restraining order against his arrest from the high court, the agency arrested him, for his alleged involvement in the formulation and implementation of the now-scapped Delhi liquor policy 21-22 which purportedly ensured illicit gains for the AAP. “He is the prime accused,” the ED stated.

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