Sat. Apr 13th, 2024
FILE - Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Admi Party, or Common Man's Party, left, leaves in a car after attending a hearing at a court, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 28, 2024. A court on Monday placed a top opposition leader in two weeks of judicial detention after his 10 days in the custody of a federal agency expired, in a case that opposition parties say is part of a crackdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ahead of national elections later this month. (AP Photo/Dinesh Joshi, File)

In a dramatic turn of events, Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, found himself in the eye of a legal storm as he was remanded to judicial custody until April 15. Later that evening, he was confined to Tihar Jail in the national capital. The sequence of events unfolded during a hearing in the Rouse Avenue Court, where the Enforcement Directorate (ED) revealed startling allegations implicating Kejriwal’s party colleagues Atishi and Saurabh in an excise policy scam case.

According to Kejriwal’s testimony, one of the accused in the case, Vijay Nair, a former communication-in-charge of AAP, allegedly reported to Atishi, thus intertwining the controversy further within the political sphere.

The plot thickened on Tuesday when Delhi Minister Atishi took the stage in a press conference, unveiling a startling claim. She alleged that she and three other prominent AAP leaders – Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj, MLA Durgesh Pathak, and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha – were given an ultimatum to “join the BJP or face ED action.” This revelation added a new layer of complexity to the ongoing legal saga.

Saurabh Bharadwaj, a key figure within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), echoed similar sentiments, indicating a unified stance among party members regarding the alleged political pressure and intimidation tactics.

Responding to these accusations, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla vehemently denied the allegations and questioned the credibility of AAP’s claims. Poonawalla challenged AAP’s narrative, citing previous unsubstantiated claims made by the party against the BJP. He highlighted AAP’s history of making sensational claims without concrete evidence, casting doubt on the veracity of the current allegations.

Meanwhile, against this backdrop of legal and political turmoil, AAP MLAs converged to meet with CM Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal, at their residence in Delhi. The meeting symbolized a show of solidarity and support for the embattled Chief Minister and his family amidst the unfolding crisis.

As the legal proceedings and political tensions continue to escalate, the ramifications of these allegations and counter-allegations reverberate through Delhi’s political landscape, raising questions about accountability, transparency, and the interplay of power dynamics within the Indian political arena.

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