Arvind Kejriwal, Arrested

Arvind Kejriwal, Arrested

India’s financial crime agency arrested Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi on Thursday in connection with graft allegations relating to the city’s liquor policy, his party said, a setback for the opposition ahead of elections.

The arrest means the main leaders of the decade-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are in jail, following the arrests last year of two of Kejriwal’s deputies in the same case – which the party has called “dirty politics”.

No one in this world who is honest

Atishi, Delhi’s finance minister, said on social media that the AAP was seeking to quash the latest arrest. “We have asked for an urgent hearing by the Supreme Court tonight itself,” she said.
The agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), is investigating allegations that a liquor policy implemented by the Delhi government in 2022, which ended its control over sale of liquor in the capital, gave undue advantages to private retailers.

The policy was subsequently withdrawn. The AAP has said no evidence of wrongdoing has emerged in the investigation and Kejriwal has previously said that if he is corrupt “then there is no one in this world who is honest”.

Corruption Activism

Arvind Kejriwal is known for his anti-corruption activism and as the Chief Minister of Delhi. Born in 1968, he is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and worked as a civil servant before entering politics. Kejriwal gained prominence for his involvement in the Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption movement, advocating for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption in India. He later founded the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2012, which won the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections in 2015 and 2020.

Recently, Kejriwal made headlines when he was arrested during a protest against the Sri Lankan government’s alleged human rights violations. His arrest sparked international attention and raised concerns about freedom of expression and political dissent in Sri Lanka. Kejriwal’s commitment to social justice and activism continues to be a focal point of his political career and now this focal point has been challenged .


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