Liquor Policy Case: Kejriwal, K Kavitha’s Judicial Custody Extended Till May 7


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Telangana lawmaker K Kavitha, both arrested last month in connection with an alleged liquor policy scam, have been remanded to extended judicial custody for 14 days.

The opposition politicians, held weeks before the Lok Sabha election, will remain in Delhi’s Tihar Jail until their next court appearance scheduled for May 7. Kejriwal has a pending plea in the Supreme Court challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21 over money laundering charges. The court heard the matter on April 15 but deferred immediate relief, awaiting a response from the federal agency.

The plea is set for further consideration on April 29, just three days after the second phase of the election.

Previously, the Delhi High Court dismissed a similar plea, stating that the ED had provided sufficient evidence to support its claim of Kejriwal’s involvement in the now-defunct policy and the alleged demand for bribes amounting to ₹100 crore, allegedly used to fund the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) election campaigns in Punjab and Goa.

Both the AAP and Kejriwal have refuted all allegations, accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating a “political vendetta” ahead of the elections. The opposition has repeatedly accused federal agencies of targeting opposition leaders under directives from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, a claim denied by the centre.

In a related development, Kejriwal, a Type 2 diabetes patient, received his first insulin shot in reportedly 32 days after his blood sugar levels soared to 320 mg/dl. The injection was administered after his plea for insulin injections was opposed by the ED, alleging that he deliberately consumed high-sugar foods to elevate his glucose levels and seek medical bail.

On Monday, a Delhi court directed a panel of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to assess Kejriwal’s condition and determine the necessity of insulin.

Meanwhile, Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, awaits the outcome of her bail plea on May 2 in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court. Her arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), while she was still in custody, stemmed from the ED’s case. She was apprehended from her Hyderabad residence on March 15, sparking a contentious dispute with her brother and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader KT Rama Rao.

Both Kejriwal and Kavitha, along with their respective parties, have questioned the timing of the ED and CBI actions, which occurred just weeks before the general election.

The ED has also apprehended two other AAP leaders in connection with the case: former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, held in February last year and currently incarcerated, and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, arrested in October and granted bail earlier this month.

Upon granting bail to Singh, the Supreme Court remarked on the absence of any recovered bribe money, echoing a point emphasized by the AAP and Kavitha’s BRS associates.

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