Manjinder Singh of BJP challenges Kejriwal’s directive, demands LG inquiry

Earlier today, Mr. Kejriwal purportedly issued what his party claimed was his second instruction from ED custody. Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj shared the instructions, which related to free medicines and path tests at government-run clinics in the national capital.

| Updated: 26 March, 2024 8:47 pm IST
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa

NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa has filed a complaint with Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and the Enforcement Directorate regarding Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s alleged ‘orders’ while in custody following his arrest in the purported liquor policy scam.

Mr. Sirsa alleges that the “fabricated official order on the Delhi government’s letterhead… is without number, date, and signature (and) clearly shows the unauthorised use of power.” In a video statement, Mr. Sirsa stated, “Today I have filed complaints with the Lieutenant Governor and the Enforcement Directorate against Atishiji (Delhi’s Education and Public Works Department Minister) and others who displayed an illegal order in the name of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. They claimed the order was issued by the Chief Minister while in jail… while in the custody of the ED. This is illegal and unconstitutional… and a criminal conspiracy against the people of Delhi and the office of the Chief Minister. Kejriwal Ji is in ED custody and lacks the legal capacity to issue such directives without court permission, which has not been granted.” “We demand an inquiry… who is misusing the Chief Minister’s Office and for what personal gain?” he further added on X (formerly Twitter).

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Earlier today, Mr. Kejriwal purportedly issued what his party claimed was his second instruction from ED custody. Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj shared the instructions, which related to free medicines and path tests at government-run clinics in the national capital. Mr. Kejriwal’s first instruction, shared by Atishi, addressed water supply and sewerage problems in some areas of Delhi. Both orders drew criticism from the BJP, which labelled them “scripted.”

Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest is in connection with the alleged liquor policy scam that has stirred controversy within his party ahead of the election. Protests over his arrest led to several party workers being detained. The arrest has also raised questions about governance with the Chief Minister behind bars. Party sources maintain that governance would not be affected, and Mr. Kejriwal would continue to lead the party.

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The Delhi High Court is set to hear Mr. Kejriwal’s request challenging the ED’s arrest and custody on Wednesday.

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