'No Computer, Paper Given To Kejriwal': ED on Delhi CM's '1st Order' From Custody – News18

Curated By: Sanstuti Nath
Last Updated: March 25, 2024, 08:23 IST
New Delhi, India
Delhi Minister and AAP leader Atishi (R) shows Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's (L) first direction from ED custody on running the city government during a press conference (Image: PTI)
After Delhi minister Atishi read out the first order issued by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the Enforcement Directorate’s custody to initiate public welfare works related to the water department, the federal agency has taken cognisance of the matter and will initiate a probe to ascertain if these directions were in line with the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court’s order issued to the ED and CM during his custody period, the sources said.
While remanding Kejriwal in ED custody till March 28, the court had allowed his wife Sunita Kejriwal and personal assistant Bibhav Kumar to meet him every day for half an hour between 6 and 7 pm, apart from his lawyers for another half hour.
“Neither any computer nor paper has been given to Arvind Kejriwal from the ED headquarters…We are probing this,” NDTV reported quoting sources.
The ED, the sources said, will investigate if due processes were followed during these meetings. If any aberrations are found, the designated special court will be duly informed, they said.
The meeting area where the arrestee meets his lawyers and family members at the ED headquarters on A P J Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi is monitored via a CCTV video link, according to the sources.

The probe came after Delhi’s Water Minister Atishi on Sunday said at a press conference that Kejriwal sent her a document from ED custody on Saturday with “his directions” to resolve public issues related to water and sewerage.
She said that CM directed that a sufficient number of water tankers be deployed in areas facing a water shortage to strengthen supply ahead of the summer months.
Kejriwal also directed her to issue instructions to the chief secretary and other officers in this regard, she added.
Kejriwal, 55, was arrested by the ED on March 21 following raids at his official residence in connection with the Delhi excise policy-linked money laundering case.
Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is understood to have been questioned over the last few days about the formulation of the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy 2021-22, his meetings with various government officials and private stakeholders and the statements made by other accused and witnesses in the case till now.
The ED is also investigating if mobile phones handled by the chief minister’s aides and staff were formatted or reported missing soon after the policy was scrapped and the agency and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered separate criminal cases to investigate the alleged irregularities.
While the ED has alleged that Kejriwal is the “kingpin and key conspirator” of the Delhi excise policy “scam”, the chief minister and his party have termed the agency’s action against him “political vendetta” by the BJP-led central government.


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