The blood sugar levels of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21 in connection with a money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped liquor policy, have dropped as he remains under ED custody, sources told India Today TV. The ED sources also said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor meets his family daily.

Kejriwal, who suffers from diabetes, is continuously monitored under CCTV surveillance, the sources said.

A day after his arrest, a Delhi court sent the Chief Minister to a six-day ED custody. He will be produced before the Rouse Avenue Court at 2 pm on Thursday.

The ED sources told India Today TV that government files are prohibited inside the ED headquarters as the AAP supremo is still under custody.

He also meets his lawyer every day at 7 pm. But the ED claims to be unaware of “any instructions passed through (the) legal counsel”.

The sources further said that Kejriwal is continuously monitored under CCTV surveillance, while no signatures have been obtained from him while in custody.

The probe agency is also conducting an “internal enquiry to ascertain any leaks or potential forgery” as the probe agency has not ruled out this possibility.

The ED officials have separately interrogated the Delhi Chief Minister and BRS leader K Kavitha, who was arrested by the ED on March 15 in connection with the Delhi excise policy money laundering case, about their meetings.

On Tuesday, Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, was sent to judicial custody until April 9 after her custody with the federal agency, which was extended by five more days on March 23, was set to expire today.

Meanwhile, the ED has rejected the need for a joint interrogation of the two leaders as the probe agency has already queried them over their alleged association, the sources added.

The latest development came on the same day as the Delhi Chief Minister issued a second government order while under the ED’s custody regarding Delhi’s health department.

Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj on Tuesday read out a letter sent by the AAP supremo at a press conference and said “Kejriwal’s order is like God’s order”.

“Even from ED custody, the Delhi Chief Minister is worried about the health care of the state. He feels that people’ should not suffer since he is in custody. He wants the people of Delhi to get free medicines, free tests,” he said.

“The Chief Minister has received information that people are facing difficulties in the tests carried out at the Mohalla clinics. He has ordered that medicines and tests should be provided free of cost in Mohalla clinics. He has directed me to take steps to resolve this… I want to ensure the people of Delhi that even of your Chief Minister is in jail, he is only thinking about you…”

Kejriwal issued the first government order from custody on March 24 which was related to the Water Ministry and the directive was sent via note.

Expressing concerns about “water and sewer issues in some areas of the city, he has directed to deploy enough water tankers in areas facing scarcity”, Delhi Minister Atishi told reporters.

Also on Tuesday, several AAP leaders and workers were detained as they tried to march towards the Prime Minister’s residence to protest against Kejriwal’s arrest.

Delhi Police have imposed Section 144 as there was no permission to stage the protests.

Published By:

Karishma Saurabh Kalita

Published On:

Mar 26, 2024

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