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“Arvind Kejriwal Alleges Misconduct by Cop Who Manhandled AAP Leader, Asserts Personal Encounter”

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New Delhi: History repeats where the Delhi Police officer who had allegedly manhandled the former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on the premises of a court in the city has now misbehaved with the former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

An application has been filled by the AAP chief in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court in which he has sought the officer’s removal from his security cordon.

Mr. Kejriwal who has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the liquor policy case claimed in the application that Assistant Commissioner of Police AK Singh had misbehaved with him while he was being brought to the court for his hearing in the remand application moved by the agency earlier this Friday. The reason behind this misbehavior is still unknown.

Mr. AK Singh is the same police officer who had been earlier accused of restraining Mr. Sisodia by the neck on the premises of the same court last year when reporters were asking him continuous questions. Whereas, the act was recorded on video, and Mr. Sisodia had filled out a written complaint. The Delhi Police had denied any wrongdoing and said the action shown in the video was necessary for security purposes and it was against the law for any accused to give statements to the media.

The police sought permission from the court to produce Mr. Sisodia only through video-conferencing, citing the chaos caused by the gathering of AAP supporters and media personnel when he was brought physically to court. Mr. Sisodia had been taken into custody in February of the previous year in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. In a significant turn of events, Mr. Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday night, marking the first instance of a sitting chief minister facing such action.

He was subsequently produced in the Rouse Avenue court, where the agency was granted custody of him for seven days. The ED, which is investigating the money laundering aspect of the case, had requested Mr. Kejriwal’s custody for 10 days, stating the need to confront him with other accused individuals. Allegations put forth by the agency assert that the chief minister and the AAP received kickbacks in exchange for various favors, with Mr. Kejriwal purportedly identified as the “kingpin” and a key conspirator in the alleged scam. According to the ED, the total proceeds of the crime amount to ₹600 crore.

The agency alleges that under the Delhi liquor policy, wholesalers were provided with a profit margin of 12%, with nearly 185% for retailers. Of this margin, six percent was allegedly earmarked as kickbacks for AAP leaders, with the South Group purportedly providing ₹100 crore in advance to another accused, Vijay Nair, who had connections to the ruling party in Delhi.

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Author:- Apoorva Arora

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