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Kejriwal Issues Directive from ED Custody Amidst Legal Debate

Amidst his custody by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case linked to Delhi's erstwhile liquor policy, Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, has taken a proactive stance by issuing his first order regarding the city's water supply.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
Kejriwal Issues Directive from ED Custody Amidst Legal Debate

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, currently detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has reportedly issued his first directive from within the confines of the ED’s lock-up. The directive, pertaining to the national capital’s water supply, was communicated through a note to Delhi’s Water Minister, Atishi, according to sources.

Navigating Governance Amidst Legal Turmoil

Amidst mounting debate over Kejriwal’s capacity to discharge his duties as Chief Minister while incarcerated, the issuance of this directive underscores his commitment to governance despite challenging circumstances.

Allegations and Political Fallout

Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED, in connection with a money laundering case linked to Delhi’s defunct liquor policy, has sparked a political firestorm. Denying the allegations, Kejriwal has accused the BJP-led central government of wielding investigative agencies for political vendettas.

Challenges of Governance Behind Bars

While the AAP asserts Kejriwal’s continued tenure as Chief Minister, practical hurdles loom large. Prison regulations, limiting inmate meetings to twice a week, present significant obstacles to effective governance from detention, as highlighted by legal experts.

One potential recourse for Kejriwal to continue governing is seeking house arrest, necessitating approval from Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena. However, given past tensions between the AAP government and the Lieutenant Governor’s office, such a concession appears unlikely.

Legal and Administrative Ramifications

Amidst the unfolding legal drama, the Union Home Ministry scrutinizes the implications of Kejriwal’s refusal to step down. Legal experts suggest potential suspension or removal from office, mirroring procedures applied to arrested government officials.

Notable Arrests in Liquor Policy Probe

Kejriwal’s apprehension marks the latest development in the investigation into Delhi’s liquor policy, following the high-profile arrests of AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, alongside Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha.

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