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Won’t resign because it will set precedent, give BJP free hand to target oppn CMs: Kejriwal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said he won't resign because it will set a precedent and give the BJP-led Central government a free hand to target opposition chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee and M K Stalin. And this, he said, is very dangerous for democracy. In an interview to PTI Videos on Wednesday, Kejriwal, who will have to go back to Tihar Jail after his interim bail ends on June 1, said he will approach the court to allow him to fulfil his duties as chief minister of Delhi from prison. The AAP national convener was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in connection with a money laundering case related to his government's liquor excise policy. The BJP has been demanding his resignation since he has been arrested by the probe agency. Kejr...
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‘Manish Sisodia Fabricated Public Opinion, Breached Trust’: Delhi HC Denies Bail To AAP Leader

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea moved by the former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the ED and CBI cases in the alleged Delhi Liquor Policy scam. The high court while rejecting his bail plea observed that Sisodia fabricated and manufactured public opinion to suit his goal and subverted the process of making the excise policy by deviating from the expert committee report constituted by him. The court made scathing observations and said that Sisodia betrayed betrayed democratic principles by breaking public's trust. The court said took a view that Sisodia breached the public's trust and misused his powers as the Minister in the Delhi government in drafting of the now scrapped Delhi Excise policy.  Supreme Court Order Does Not Restr...
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AAP got Rs 7 crore in foreign funds from 2014-2022 in violation of forex norms, say ED; party refutes allegations | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday wrote to the Union home ministry, stating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) allegedly received foreign funds exceeding Rs 7 crore in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). The ED discovered this information during a money laundering investigation related to drugs, involving former Punjab AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and others, said several media reports.The ED initiated the probe in 2021 and arrested Khaira, who has since joined the Congress.In August last year, the agency sent a detailed communication to the Union home ministry, highlighting the alleged violations by AAP and categorising them as contraventions of the FCRA and The Representation of the People Act. Recently, the ED shared additional information wit...
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Modi’s global stature nowhere close to that of Nehru, Indira or Vajpayee, says Yashwant Sinha

On the BJP’s slogan of ‘Abki baar, 400 paar’, Sinha said that in the last two elections, the BJP had already touched the ceiling of votes it could get in various states, especially in the Hindi belt, in which the party has a strong presence. “When you touch the upper limit, you can only go down from there,” he said. Asserting that there is “a certain amount of boredom” with the BJP now, he said, “You become stale after 10 years. And you can’t make any fresh promises… they will carry no weight with the people.”Comparing the prime minister to his predecessors, he said, “In terms of global stature, Modi is nowhere compared to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he is nowhere compared to Indira Gandhi, he is nowhere compared to Jawaharlal Nehru, but he is supposed to be the greatest prime minister India ...
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ED Mumbai arrests businessman in income tax refund fraud of ₹263 crore

The ED, Mumbai Zonal Office arrested Rajesh Brijlal Batreja on May 16, 2024, under the provisions of the PMLA, 2002, the ED officials said in a statement. | Photo Credit: PTI  The Enforcement Directorate (ED), Mumbai Zonal Office arrested Rajesh Brijlal Batreja on May 16, 2024, under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, the ED officials said in a statement late May 19 evening. Mr. Batreja is arrested in a case of Income Tax Refund fraud of ₹263 crore. “Mr. Batreja was instrumental in diverting part of Proceeds of Crime (PoC) of ₹55.50 crore to outside India and round-tripping part of said PoC in two entities in India under the guise of investment from Dubai,” the ED officials said.Earlier, three accused persons were arrested in this case including Tana...
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Excise PMLA case: Delhi Court fixes May 20 to consider ED’s chargesheet against Kejriwal, AAP | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Rouse Avenue Court on Saturday fixed May 20 for consideration on ED's Supplementary chargesheet (prosecution complaint) filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as accused in connection with a money laundering case related to Excise Policy case.The Special Judge Kaveri Baweja on Saturday fixed the matter for Monday for arguments and ED's submissions on cognizance point.On Friday Enforcement Directorate officials along with Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Naveen Kumar Matta along with two ED officials filed the chargesheet in Rouse Avenue Court of Delhi.Last week, the Enforcement Directorate during the hearing of Manish Sisodia's bail in Delhi High Court informed that the Aam Aadmi Party will also be made accused in the case and supplementa...
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No exception made for CM Arvind Kejriwal: SC on interim bail, arrest plea | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Enforcement Directorate contended that Arvind Kejriwal should not be given special treatment by entertaining his plea challenging his arrest, Supreme Court on Thursday said no exception was made for the Delhi chief minister in hearing his petition and granting him interim bail and added that it had refused to hear him when he first approached immediately after his arrest.A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said the court normally maintains judicial restraint until the case is very grave and there have been cases when the top court entertained pleas under Article 32. "He filed the case here but we did not open the gate. We refused to entertain his plea," the bench said after solicitor general Tushar Mehta argued that allowing accused to challenge their arre...
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Manish Sisodia Bail: Delhi HC Reserves Verdict, ED Says Will Make AAP An Accused Next

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved verdict in former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia's bail petition in the ED and CBI cases in the alleged Delhi Liquor Policy scam. The court today concluded hearing submissions made by Sisodia's lawyers and counsels appearing for ED and CBI. ED and CBI argued on merits of the case while the Manish Sisodia's counsel restricted his arguments to delay in trial and Supreme Court's observation in October 2023 order rejecting bail to Manish Sisodia.  While seeking bail for him, Sisodia's counsel submitted that the ED and the CBI are still arresting people in the money laundering and corruption case and there is no question of early conclusion of the trial as the trial has not even started. ED however contended that the S...
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PMLA Court Rejects Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren’s Bail Plea

A PMLA court on Monday rejected the bail petition moved by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in an alleged money laundering case. Earlier the court had reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments of both parties. Former CM and JMM chief Hemant Soren had filed a petition for bail in the PMLA court on April 15. In another setback to Soren, the Supreme Court also refused interim relief in the case to Soren today. After hearing Soren's submission briefly on his petition against the high court order rejecting his bail petition, the top court asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a response till May 17. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal pleaded for an early hearing or an interim bail and said that Arvind Kejriwal's order applies to them also...
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Hemant Soren cites Kejriwal’s bail, seeks release for poll campaign | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Monday sought bail for campaigning in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, citing the Supreme Court's ruling granting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal interim bail.Hemant Soren's counsel Kapil Sibal said his case is covered by the Arvind Kejriwal order.After hearing the argument, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and listed the matter on May 17 (Friday).The top court gave a short date after lot of insistence by advocate Kapil Sibal. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted interim bail till June 1 by Supreme Court on May 10. Kejriwal was lodged in Tihar Jail in an alleged money laundering case in connection with the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy case. However, the Supreme Court rejected the AAP leade...
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No bail to DHFL promoters seeking relief for spending half of maximum term in jail | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Refusing to grant bail to DHFL promoters Dheeraj and Rakesh Wadhawan, who sought the relief on the grounds that they had already spent more than half the maximum sentence of seven years in jail, a special PMLA court said the one year that the duo consumed in stalling their bail pleas had to be deducted from the computation of the time they had spent as undertrials. The brothers were arrested in 2020 in a money laundering case in which Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor and others are also accused. In Dec last year, Kapoor was granted bail in the case after the judge pointed out that he had spent more than the minimum punishment period of three years, without the framing of charges and a trial. In an 83-page order, the judge had cited a table chronicling 207 dates in the case, emphasis...
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WATCH: Delhi CM Kejriwal Receives Warm Welcome From Wife Sunita, Mother After 50 Days In Jail

After the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, the Aam Aadmi Party supremo was seen meeting his wife, Sunita Kejriwal, and mother Gita Devi after spending 50 days under custody. The top court has granted interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal for 21 days in the Delhi Liquor Policy case, in view of the Lok Sabha elections campaigning, which will go on till June 1, asking him to surrender on June 2. पूरी दुनिया में माँ-बाप से बढ़कर कुछ नहीं होता❤️मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल जी अपने माता-पिता के गले लगकर हुए भावुक।तानाशाह की साज़िश को नाकाम कर, जेल से लौटे हैं CM केजरीवाल।#ModiCantStopKejriwal #SatyamevJayte pic.twitter.com/xbOxIlnedi — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 10, 2024 The Delhi CM was arrested by the E...
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‘Serious accusations have been made but … ‘: Why Supreme Court granted interim bail to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday got a huge relief in the middle of ongoing Lok Sabha elections as Supreme Court granted him bail till June 1 for campaigning. Kejriwal was granted bail despite strong opposition from Enforcement Directorate, which argued against any relief to the AAP leader. The probe agency in an affidavit in the top court had said that right to campaign was neither a political nor a consitutional right.Kejriwal has been lodged in Tihar Jail in an alleged money laundering case in connection with the now-scrapped Delhi Excise policy.Here is what the apex court said to counter ED's arguments and grant bail to Kejriwal.* 21-day interim bail will not make much of a difference* ED's Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) was registered in August ...
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‘Campaign Not A Fundamental Right, Set A Wrong Precedent’: ED Opposes Kejriwal’s Bail Plea

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing the interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is currently in Tihar Jail in a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy scam. The ED has said that politicians cannot claim any special status higher than that of an ordinary citizen and are liable to be arrested and detained for committing offences as any other citizen. The probe agency also said that election campaigning is not a fundamental right. It also said that there is an attempt to release Kejriwal on the pretext of Lok Sabha Elections and added that it could lead to a wrong precendent for the future. ALSO READ | SC Likely To Pronounce Order On Arvind Kejriwal's Interim Bail Plea...