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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s spouse, Sunita Kejriwal.

New Delhi:

Arvind Kejriwal will make a giant revelation within the alleged Delhi liquor coverage rip-off that has roiled the Aam Aadmi Social gathering, or AAP, and led to the Chief Minister’s arrest simply weeks earlier than the 2024 Lok Sabha election, his spouse Sunita Kejriwal mentioned Wednesday morning, in a quick riposte to her husband’s critics.

Mrs Kejriwal mentioned the Chief Minister – arrested by the Enforcement Directorate final week and remanded to judicial custody until April 9 – would reveal the situation of “cash from the so-called liquor rip-off”.

She additionally hit out on the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering, or BJP, over assaults on Mr Kejriwal after he issued instructions to Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj, the town’s Public Works and Well being Ministers.

“Arvindji informed me that previously two years they (referring to probe companies just like the ED) carried out 250 raids on this so-called liquor coverage case. He informed me that they’re looking for the cash from this so-called rip-off… however thus far they haven’t recovered a single paise of unlawful cash,” she mentioned.

“They raided (ex-Deputy Chief Minister Manish) Sisodia… they raided (Rajya Sabha MP) Sanjay Singh… they raided (former Well being Minister Satyendar) Jain. However they didn’t discover even one paise.”

Mr Sisodia and Mr Singh had been each arrested final yr in reference to the alleged liquor coverage rip-off; the previous has been in jail since February and the latter since October. Mr Kejriwal was taken into custody in dramatic circumstances final week after a Delhi court docket refused safety from arrest.

The Chief Minister’s arrest triggered livid protests throughout the town. Opposition events, together with the Congress and Bengal’s ruling Trinamool, have spoken out in assist of the AAP chief.

“They raided us (Mr Kejriwal’s house) additionally and located solely Rs 73,000. So the place is all this cash from the so-called liquor rip-off? Arvindji has mentioned he’ll reveal every little thing in court docket (tomorrow).”

“The entire nation will bear witness. He mentioned he has proof,” she mentioned, including that her husband had given her a message to the folks of Delhi. “He mentioned, ‘My physique is in jail… however my spirit is with you’.”

She additionally slammed BJP leaders over criticism of the Delhi Chief Minister’s orders from jail; on Monday he had directed Ms Atishi to resolve water provide and sewerage points in elements of the town and, on Tuesday, ordered Mr Bhardwaj to make sure a provide of free medicines at Delhi authorities clinics.

Each orders have been red-flagged by the BJP, which claimed they’d been “scripted” to generate sympathy for the jailed Arvind Kejriwal. Senior BJP chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa mentioned Tuesday he had filed a criticism with the ED and Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena over the “fabricated” orders.

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“That is completely unlawful and unconstitutional… and a prison conspiracy in opposition to the folks of Delhi and the workplace of the Chief Minister. Kejriwalji is in ED custody and lacks the authorized capability to situation such directives with out court docket permission, which has not been granted,” he mentioned in a submit on X.

“I went to satisfy Arvindji in jail yesterday night. He has diabetes… sugar stage is a matter. However he stays decided. Two days earlier he despatched an order to Atishiji. Inform me what unsuitable he did… ought to he not concentrate on folks’s issues? However now the centre has attacked your Chief Minister.”

“Does the centre need to destroy Delhi?” she requested.

In the meantime, Mr Kejriwal is within the Delhi Excessive Courtroom at this time to problem his arrest. Arguing for the Chief Minister, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned the ED’s actions had violated his human rights.

“Arrest with out interrogation reveals the present motion is politically motivated,” Mr Singhvi informed the court docket, emphasising that the ED had “didn’t show the crime” of cash laundering.

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The ED believes the now-scrapped coverage offered an impossibly excessive revenue margin of almost 185 per cent for retailers and 12 per cent for wholesalers. Of the latter, six per cent – over Rs 600 crore – was recovered as bribes and the cash was allegedly used to fund the Goa and Punjab ballot campaigns.

The ED has labelled the Chief Minister as a key conspirator on this case, however Mr Kejriwal and get together colleagues arrested on this matter – ex-Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, and former Well being Minister Satyendar Jain – have all denied the fees.

The AAP and the opposition have hit out on the BJP-led central authorities for utilizing central companies, just like the ED, to focus on rivals and critics earlier than the overall election. The AAP has criticised Mr Kejriwal’s arrest on grounds it was timed to intervene together with his plans to marketing campaign for the get together.

The BJP has dismissed claims it makes use of central companies as described by the opposition.

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