Kejriwal’s arrest raises the Questions on democracy, Read the Analysis

Chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has been arrested from his residence on 21 March, under the alleged involvement in the money laundering case related to the now-scrapped excise policy, and taken to the Enforcement Directorate office. This marks the first Chief minister of independent India to be arrested.

The ED alleged that Kejriwal along with other top leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were key conspirators in the liquor scam. Delhi High Court declared that it wouldn’t offer Kejriwal any safeguard from potential punitive measures regarding the money laundering scandal related to the excise policy.

The Enforcement Directorate issued nine summon notices to Kejriwal, but the Delhi CM ignored all of them, claiming that the agency’s intention was to arrest him and hinder his AAP party’s campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The opposition has vociferously criticized the central government, particularly members of the coalition party “India”. International scrutiny intensified as the United States, Germany, and the United Nations responded to the arrest of the Delhi Chief Minister.

The External Affairs Ministry has lodged a vigorous protest against statements made by both nations, emphasizing that the issue is internal. Following the summoning of the German deputy chief of mission, Georg Enzweiler, the MEA also summoned senior US diplomat Gloria Berbena, who leads the public affairs section at the US Embassy, to express strong objections to comments made by the US.

The question remains whether the central government is leveraging its authority to manipulate legislation and influence the trajectory of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election to align with their political interests.

 

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