Arvind Kejriwal sent to judicial custody till July 12 in excise policy case.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was produced by the CBI in the Rouse Avenue court.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was produced by the CBI in the Rouse Avenue court. PTI

New Delhi: The vacation judge of Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday sent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to 14-day judicial custody till July 12 in the CBI case related to the alleged excise policy scam case.

Vacation judge Sunina Sharma, who issued the order after hearing from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the agency investigating the Delhi Excise case, along with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Kejriwal. And sent on remand. Kejriwal has been remanded in 14-day judicial custody till July 12.

Before the judge's order was reserved, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) national convenor Kejriwal was today brought to the Owais Avenue Court by the CBI after his police remand was over. has been. He was earlier sent on 3-day CBI remand till today by vacation judge Amitabh Rawat of the same court in connection with the excise policy case on June 26.

After producing the accused Kejriwal in the court room, the CBI sought his judicial custody in the excise case.

Meanwhile, senior advocate Vikram Chaudhary appeared for Arvind Kejriwal and opposed the remand plea filed by the CBI and said that the CBI has filed four chargesheets so far and now arrest me. has been and still has to identify some people through me. Is this reasonable cause for arrest?

Kejriwal's lawyer added that according to the CBI, I gave evasive answers during my examination/interrogation in Tihar Jail. The investigating officer of the case called it ridiculous because the only answer they wanted was my confession.

Chaudhry questioned the timing of the arrest: They were waiting for my bail order. They could have arrested me on June 2 when I surrendered. The material should be examined by the court before Kejriwal's custody (CBI) is handed over.

The court observed that although it is the responsibility of the court to monitor the steps taken by the IO (investigating officer) during custodial (custodial interrogation), it is between the court and the IO.

“These materials cannot be disclosed to the accused. The court will certainly satisfy itself on the material to seek remand. But after the expiry of the PC period, the court has the power to remand the accused to the JC. There is no option other than that there is no provision for the court to reject the application for remand of the accused,” the court observed.

But Chaudhary insisted and directed the CBI to put on record all the material collected during the custodial interrogation, including the case diary.

The court declined to pass any order saying that you can leave these aspects for the court to consider.

However, he further opined and clarified that the accused can apply for bail in accordance with the procedure.

Chaudhary said that if the CBI failed to satisfy their masters on the first three counts, the remand proceedings today were illegal. If they cannot satisfy your Lord.

He requested the court that the accused's wife Sunita Kejriwal and family are here and if this court allows them to meet the accused. On this, the court slowed down his prayer and said that the accused could meet him only in the court and not outside.

Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal had on Sunday knocked on the Supreme Court's door challenging the Delhi High Court's order to stay his bail in the Delhi Excise case.

A vacation bench of the Delhi High Court headed by Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain on Tuesday allowed the ED's appeal and stayed the trial court's order granting Kejriwal bail in the case.

On Thursday, June 20, in a major relief to Kejriwal, the vacation judge of the Rouse Avenue Court in New Delhi, Naye Bindu, issued the order, granting him bail in the Delhi liquor case. Kejriwal is the main accused in the now defunct Delhi liquor case. The court granted bail to Kejriwal after directing him to submit a personal surety bond of Rs 1 lakh.

On June 5, Judge Kaveri Bavija of the same Delhi court rejected Kejriwal's bail plea on the grounds that his involvement in the crime could not be ruled out.

The ED had told the court that he was the mastermind and main conspirator of the Delhi liquor case. ASG Raju told the court, “We have all the evidence against him.

A day after his plea was dismissed by the Delhi High Court on April 9, Kejriwal approached the Supreme Court on April 10 against the dismissal of his arrest and remand plea in the case.

Accused Kejriwal has claimed innocence in the liquor gate scam case and told the court during the hearings that the timing of his arrest after the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was humiliating, insulting and disqualifying for him and his political party. Is. .

ASG Raju said there is ample evidence against him and he is the main criminal conspirator in the Delhi liquor scam case.

Earlier on May 10, the Supreme Court in its order granted bail to Kejriwal till June 1 to participate in the election campaign, and asked him to surrender on June 2 with certain conditions. He was in Tihar jail since March 21 for his alleged involvement in the Delhi liquor case.

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