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Arvind Kejriwal's Judicial Custody Extended Till 3 July, ED Claims Rs 45 Crore Of Delhi Liquor Policy Scam Traced

Nishtha Anushree

Jun 19, 2024, 03:12 PM | Updated 03:12 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

The judicial custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been extended by the Rouse Avenue court till 3 July in the liquor policy case, Hindustan Times reported.

This comes after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday (19 June) urged the court to extend Kejriwal's judicial custody by asserting that Rs 45 crore of Rs 100 crore-scam has been traced.

The ED argued that Kejriwal's custody is important for further investigation, while the Delhi CM's counsel argued that no grounds justify the extension of the custody.

Kejriwal's advocate Vivek Jain asserted that the ED's extension application is "bereft of merits" and objected to the judicial remand while stating that the challenge to arrest is sub judice before the Supreme Court.

Kejriwal was arrested on 21 March this year by ED and later sent to judicial custody. The custody of another accused Vinod Chauhan was also extended till 3 July. Chauhan was arrested in May.

Chauhan is accused of receiving Rs 25 crore from BRS leader K Kavitha's PA through Abhishek Boinpally for the Goa elections. A prosecution complaint is expected to be filed against Chauhan by the end of this month.

The court is set to hear the matter again on 3 July when the judicial custody of Kejriwal expires. The decision on further extension of custody or his release on bail will be taken at that time.

Kejriwal returned to jail on 2 June after being out for election campaigning on interim bail. His plea for an extension in interim bail on medical grounds was rejected by the Delhi court.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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