‘Aam aadmi can go to jail but not CM?’: ED Vs Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi HC today | 5 points

‘Aam aadmi can go to jail but not CM?’: ED Vs Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi HC today | 5 points
‘Aam aadmi can go to jail but not CM?’: ED Vs Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi HC today | 5 points

The Delhi High Court heard the arguments of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy ‘scam’ on Wednesday.

Kejriwal, the Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convenor, had filed a plea, challenging his arrest by the ED in the case. The financial probe agency opposed his petition, saying the probe is not over yet.

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Kejriwal Vs ED | Who said what?

1. ED opposes Kejriwal’s plea: Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju said, “As far as Kejriwal is concerned, the investigation is not over. It is at a nascent stage.” He further argued saying that Kejriwal had agreed to the remand and did not oppose it.

“Hey [Kejriwal] voluntarily accepts please remand me further. Can he challenge the remand order? Or is it barred by waiver?,” the ED’s lawyer asked.

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2. ‘AAP is a company’: The ED said the AAP is a company under section 70 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). “A political party is a union of individuals. Therefore, now we have established that he was in charge and responsible for the affairs of AAP. AAP is the whole and sole,” the lawyer representing the ED was quoted by Live Law as saying.

3. Kejriwal’s role in case: The ED’s lawyer said Kejriwal’s “role” is not required in the case. But “what is required to be looked at is that he was responsible for the affairs of the company/party,” the agency was quoted by Bar and Bench as saying. The ED cited Section 70 of the PMLA to prove this.

The ED noted that Kejriwal was AAP’s national convenor and Delhi’s Chief Minister when the “offence” was committed. “He takes all the decisions. The final decision with respect to all the major affairs of the party is taken by the national convenor. If the offense is committed by the company, he is responsible for it,” the ED said.

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Reacting to this, Kejriwal’s lawyer, Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, said the ED argument is “misplaced”. Singhvi was quoted by Bar and Bench as saying, “Section 70 PMLA is a misplaced argument. It nowhere permits a person who is not guilty to be covered under the company head. You can’t just pick up 70 and apply it.”

4. Questions raised on arrest timing: Kejriwal argued in the court that the arrest reeks of the timing issue — to not participate in the election and to try and demolish the political party before the first vote is cast. “The only object is to humiliate and insult. The true object of the arrest is to disable me,” Kejriwal’s side said.

The ED responded to this by asking that if a crime is committed two before the elections, won’t the accused be arrested then?

“Supposing a political person commits murder two days before elections. This means he can’t be arrested? Does basic structure come into play?…I commit murder or rape but I can’t be arrested before elections. What kind of argument is this,” it was quoted by Live Law as saying.

It added, “…there are a large number of cases where the dead body is not found. But there are prosecutions and even convictions. That doesn’t mean there is no murder.”

The ED argued that the fact that liquor policy was “fudged to give profits and receive kickbacks is long back” and that the “election is only being used as a bogey. It is not as if ED has become active now.”

5. Can’t arrest CM before elections?: The ED said, “Aam aadmi [common man] has to go behind bars if he has committed a crime, but because you are a chief minister you can’t be arrested?”

“You will loot the country but no one can touch you because the elections are coming? You say your arrest will infringe on basic structure? What type of basic structure is this?,” the ED was quoted by Bar and Bench as saying.

6. Money not found from accused’s home?: Reacting sharply to Kejriwal’s argument, the ED said if money can’t be found, it doesn’t mean that the “money laundering offense” didn’t take place.

“The argument is if I have done something, then something will be found out of my home. But if you have passed on the money to someone else, then how can that money be found out at your home?,” the agency said. “Paisa to aapne Goa elections me use kar liya [You used the money in Goa elections]“, he added.

7. ‘Actual proceeds of crime are irrelevant’: The ED said it found the money trail but noted that the finding of the actual proceeds of crime is irrelevant if “we make out a case that you were involved in money laundering.”

“We have located the money trail. The money may have been used and that’s why it can’t be found,” the ED said, adding that officials have established evidence shows that kickbacks were used for the election campaign of the AAP in Goa. “Beneficiary was AAP. The offense is committed by AAP,” it said.

8. AAP taking kickbacks: The ED alleged that those who did not give kickbacks to the AAP, were asked to surrender licenses so that those being favored would be given spaces. “Indo Spirit was granted wholesale license despite complaint of cartelization. The complainant was forced to take back complaint…The fact that there is a scam is beyond doubt today,” he said.

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