New Delhi: After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, two extra heavyweight AAP ministers may come beneath the Enforcement Directorate’s scanner within the liquor policy rip-off. In a dramatic flip of occasions, the ED informed the Rouse Avenue courtroom on Monday that throughout the interrogation, Kejriwal revealed that the liquor policy rip-off accused Vijay Nair had reported to his ministers, Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Senior AAP leaders Satyendar Jain, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh are behind bars. The liquor policy case, being investigated by each the CBI and the ED, pertains to alleged corruption throughout the formulation of a liquor policy by the Kejriwal-led Delhi government.

Earlier on Monday, Kejriwal, who was remanded to judicial custody until April 15, was despatched to the high-security Tihar Jail.

The Delhi CM apparently informed the ED that “Vijay Nair did not report to him but to Atishi Marlena and Saurabh Bharadwaj”. Nair is a former communications in-charge of the AAP and is among the many accused within the liquor policy case. His alleged involvement stems from his tenure because the party’s communications in-charge, coinciding with the interval by which the purported rip-off unfolded. Following the disclosure, each the ministers could possibly be questioned quickly.

Kejriwal was produced within the courtroom of particular choose Kaveri Baweja after his ED custody got here to an finish. The ED had sought 15-day judicial custody of Kejriwal, saying he was “totally uncooperative”. The ED additionally stated the judicial custody could possibly be granted whereas reserving the correct of the company to take further custody of Kejriwal throughout the permissible interval, if required, in accordance with the legislation.

Speaking to reporters before coming into the Rouse Avenue courtroom, Kejriwal stated: “Whatever the Prime Minister is doing (referring to his arrest) is not good for the country.” Atishi, Bharadwaj and Kejriwal’s spouse Sunita have been present within the courtroom. Sunita Kejriwal accused the BJP of having just one motive — to place her husband in jail throughout the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP, nonetheless, criticised the AAP for attempting to raise the “bogey of victimhood” in assist of Kejriwal, and stated that the order of a courtroom to ship him to jail was primarily based on “concrete” proof. BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi stated the Delhi government’s standing within the case was changing into “progressively clearer.”

Kejriwal’s petition difficult his arrest and subsequent remand to ED custody is to come back up for listening to before the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. In one other matter, the Delhi High Court has requested the ED to submit its be aware to the particular choose on the issue of the Chief Minister passing orders whereas in custody.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet P.S. Arora stated the particular choose, coping with the money-laundering case by which Kejriwal has been arrested, was directed to move an order, if required, in accordance with the legislation. The High Court disposed of the PIL which sought instructions to stop Kejriwal from issuing orders in his capability as Chief Minister whereas within the ED’s custody.

Underscoring that Kejriwal was deceptive the company, the ED informed the Rouse Avenue courtroom it was nonetheless investigating his function, unearthing the further proceeds of the crime and figuring out the opposite individuals concerned with the actions associated to proceeds of crime.

In its remand utility, the ED stated throughout Kejriwal’s custodial interrogation, he gave “evasive replies” and hid data. It stated the Chief Minister’s statements have been taken over a interval of 9 days and he was confronted with the statements of various witnesses, approvers and different co-accused. The plea listed “few of the glaring examples of evasive and misleading replies” given by Kejriwal.

The plea underlined that Nair was not some small-time party volunteer however the head of media and communications.

“The arrestee (Kejriwal) has not answered the questions posed to him by questioning the authenticity of digital evidence shown to him. The arrestee also did not reveal the passwords of his digital devices which inhibits the evidence collection and also shows his non-cooperation,” it stated.

The remand utility stated investigation into the financial crimes was extra advanced than bizarre crimes as financial offenders are resourceful and influential individuals and did the stated crimes in a rigorously deliberate and meticulous method.

Nair was arrested by the CBI and the ED over the case and stays incarcerated. According to ED officers, Nair is believed to be part of a bigger conspiracy, with the probe company’s investigation pointing to his collusion with Kejriwal himself.


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