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New Delhi- In a courtroom showdown that sent shockwaves through the political landscape, the Delhi High Court delivered a stern rebuke to Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over their objections to the Delhi Chief Minister’s arrest in the liquor policy scam. The court’s uncompromising stance left no room for doubt, as it systematically dismantled Kejriwal’s arguments and fortified the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) investigative stance.

Illegal Arrest Allegations Deflated

One of the central contentions raised by the AAP was the alleged illegality of Kejriwal’s arrest. However, the High Court’s order struck a decisive blow, citing the ED’s material that revealed Kejriwal’s alleged conspiracy with others in his personal and party convenor capacities. The court’s recognition of Kejriwal’s alleged involvement in both spheres underscored the gravity of the allegations against him.

 

The Money Trail Exposed

Delving deeper into the crux of the matter, the ED presented a compelling case, unveiling the alleged ‘Hawala’ trail and statements from an approver who claimed to have received cash intended for the Goa elections. The court’s acknowledgment of this financial paper trail further strengthened the investigating agency’s position, casting doubt on Kejriwal’s assertions of innocence.

 

Timing of Arrest: A Non-Issue

In a move that deflated AAP’s attempts to politicize the arrest, the High Court made it clear that the timing of elections would not factor into its examination of the legality of Kejriwal’s arrest. This stance effectively neutralized any attempts to paint the arrest as politically motivated, forcing the AAP to confront the legal implications on their merits.

 

Approver Pardon: A Judicial Process

The AAP’s objections to the grant of pardon to an approver were swiftly addressed by the court, which asserted that such a decision falls within the purview of the judiciary, not the ED. By reminding the AAP of the separation of powers, the court effectively shut down any attempts to cast aspersions on the legal process itself.

 

No Special Treatment for the Chief Minister

In a powerful rebuke to any perceived privilege or preferential treatment sought by Kejriwal, the court made it abundantly clear that the law applies equally to all, regardless of one’s position or status. This unequivocal stance served as a reminder that the Chief Minister’s office does not shield him from the consequences of alleged wrongdoing.

 

A Comprehensive Rebuttal

The High Court’s order left no stone unturned, methodically addressing and rejecting every accusation and argument put forth by the AAP and Kejriwal. From allegations of illegal arrest to concerns over the timing and the approver pardon process, the court’s comprehensive rebuttal left little room for further objections, signaling a decisive victory for the ED’s investigative efforts.

 

Turbulent Waters Ahead

As the legal battle intensifies, the Delhi High Court’s stern order has undoubtedly set the stage for turbulent times ahead for Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP. With the court firmly siding with the ED’s investigative stance, the pressure on the AAP to mount a robust legal defense has escalated significantly.

 

The liquor scam saga has taken a dramatic turn, with the High Court’s uncompromising stance serving as a stark reminder that no one, regardless of political stature, is above the law. As the case progresses, all eyes will be on Kejriwal and the AAP’s next legal maneuvers, as they navigate the choppy waters of this high-stakes legal battle.

 

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