CBI Arrests Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Excise Scam Case, Seeks Extended Custody

In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday. The arrest is connected to a corruption investigation concerning an alleged excise scam. Following the arrest, the CBI approached a city court, successfully obtaining permission from Special Judge Amitabh Rawat to hold Kejriwal in custody for five days.

The arrest took place after Kejriwal was transferred to the court from Tihar Central Jail, where he has been held under a separate money laundering investigation related to the same excise scam, conducted by the Enforcement Department.

In their application for Kejriwal’s custody, the CBI emphasized the necessity of interrogation to reveal a broader conspiracy linked to the excise case. The agency argued that confronting Kejriwal with collected evidence and other suspects was crucial for advancing their investigation.

During the court proceedings, the CBI’s counsel dismissed claims of biased motives, asserting that the timing of the arrest and subsequent legal actions were purely procedural. “We could have conducted these proceedings before the elections. I am doing my job, satisfying every court,” said the CBI’s representative, addressing accusations of malice from the defense.

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On the other hand, the defense counsel for Kejriwal criticized the CBI’s remand request as “totally vague” and sought additional documentation from the agency, including the court order detailing Kejriwal’s recent interrogation in Tihar prison.

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