3 days of CBI custody ends today, Rouse Avenue Court reserves decision

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The CBI said that ‘Kejriwal could also not explain as to why during the second wave of Covid, the Cabinet approval for the revised excise duty policy was obtained in a hurry within just one day, while the accused persons of the South Group were camping in Delhi and were holding meetings.

The Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday reserved the order on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea seeking judicial custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the excise policy case. In the plea filed in the Rouse Avenue Court seeking judicial custody, the CBI has said that Arvind Kejriwal is not cooperating in the investigation and is deliberately avoiding giving direct answers to questions. Kejriwal is a prominent political figure who can influence the investigation. The CM is not cooperating in the investigation and did not give proper and direct answers to the questions.

The CBI said that ‘Kejriwal could not even explain why during the second wave of Covid, the Cabinet approval for the revised excise policy was obtained in a hurry within just one day, while the accused persons of the South Group were camping in Delhi and were holding meetings. That too with his close aide Vijay Nair. Kejriwal also kept evading questions about his meetings with Nair and various stakeholders.

A Delhi court on Wednesday sent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to CBI custody for three days after he was arrested by the agency in a corruption case related to an alleged excise duty scam. Kejriwal was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Delhi government’s excise duty policy. On March 21, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money-laundering case linked to the now-defunct policy. He had got bail from a lower court which was stayed by the Delhi High Court.

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