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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Remanded to 3-Day CBI Custody in Money Laundering Case

A Delhi court on Wednesday ordered Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to be held in three-day CBI custody, shortly after his arrest in connection with a money laundering investigation linked to the now-scrapped excise policy

Judge Amitabh Rawat of the Rouse Avenue court ruled that Kejriwal must be presented before the court again by 7:00 PM on June 29.

“The application for PC remand allowed for 3 days. He will be produced on 29 before 7 PM,” the court stated.

CBI’s Justification for Custody

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) argued that Kejriwal’s custody was necessary to uncover the “larger conspiracy” in the case. The agency indicated the need to confront the Delhi Chief Minister with evidence and other accused individuals.

Federal agencies previously suggested that a so-called “south lobby” influenced the creation of the excise policy, implicating Kejriwal in the process.

CBI’s Court Arguments

CBI counsel DP Singh informed the court of the necessity for Kejriwal’s custodial interrogation, claiming that Kejriwal denied knowing Vijay Nair was working under him. Singh added that Kejriwal alleged Nair was associated with Saurabh Bhardwaj and Atishi Marlena, shifting responsibility onto Manish Sisodia and claiming ignorance about the excise policy.

Kejriwal’s Defense

Kejriwal countered in court, stating, “I have never given any statement saying that Manish Sisodia is guilty. I have given a statement that Aam Aadmi Party, Manish Sisodia, and I are not guilty.”

Kejriwal accused the CBI of seeking to generate sensational media headlines by suggesting he shifted all blame to Sisodia.

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