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Haryana Police Use Tear Gas at Shambhu Border Amid Farmers’ Protest

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Haryana Police Use Tear Gas at Shambhu Border Amid Farmers’ Protest

The Haryana police issued a warning on Wednesday, stating that “you may be held criminally liable” for the owners of bulldozers and earthmoving equipment participating in the farmers’ protest at the Sambhu border. The police stated that using these devices to damage security personnel is a crime for which there is no bail for X. Please do not lend our equipment’s services to protestors, owners, and operators of Poclains and JCCs. Please remove these devices from the protest location. It said, “These machines may be used to harm security forces; this is an offense for which there is no bail, and you may face criminal penalties.”

Returned with modified JCB equipment, earthmovers, bulldozers, and makeshift gas masks, the farmers were stopped by the police a few days earlier with barricades and tear gear shells. Reportedly, the administration has also made appropriate arrangements. To prevent the farmers from forcing their way into the nation’s capital, they have positioned concrete-reinforced boulders and packed buses, trucks, and shipping containers. To oppose the farmers, the police have also sent bulldozers. “Our foremost leaders will advance, and the world will witness our peaceful progress. The government is free to murder farmers if it believes that doing so will solve their issues. However, we’ll keep going forward peacefully,” farmers’ leader Sarwan Singh Pandher declared. He added that the administration will be held accountable if there is any violence.

“We’re going to calmly carry out our ‘Delhi Chalo’ march. If there is any violence, the government will be held accountable,” he declared. On Tuesday, the high court for Punjab and Haryana chastised protesting farmers who were camped out at the Shambhu border with hundreds of tractors and declared that tractor trolleys were not permitted on public roads. Tractor trolleys are prohibited from being used on highways by the Motor Vehicle Act. “Everyone knows about rights, but there are constitutional duties” as well, the bench said, pointing out that “you are traveling from Amritsar to Delhi on trolleys.”

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Bulldozers could be dangerous, so the Haryana Police encouraged their Punjabi colleagues on Tuesday to seize them. Farmers have been demonstrating in favor of a legislative assurance of MSP for all crops. The Center’s proposal to provide MSP on specific commodities for the ensuing five years was turned down by the protesting farmers on Monday. At the Shambhu border, there are an estimated 14,000 farmers, 1200 tractors, and 300 automobiles, according to estimates from the central government.

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Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody extended till April 23

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Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody extended till April 23

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial detention was extended by a Delhi court on Monday until April 23 about the excise policy matter. Kejriwal used a video conference to appear in court. The co-accused’s judicial detention has also been extended until April 23, the court observed.

The 55-year-old convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party is now being held in Tihar jail following his transfer from Enforcement Directorate (ED) confinement to judicial custody. The ED detained Kejriwal on the evening of March 21 after the high court declined to shield him from the federal government’s use of coercion.

The Supreme Court had earlier in the day requested an answer from the ED over a plea that Kejriwal had submitted contesting his arrest. The ED was instructed to respond by April 24 by the top court panel of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta, who also announced that the case would be heard the week of April 29.

The Delhi High Court affirmed the AAP convenor’s arrest on April 9, stating that Kejriwal had ignored nine summonses and had not cooperated with the investigation, leaving the agency with “little” options. The leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had filed a plea against his arrest by the ED and subsequent remand in the federal agency’s custody, but the court had dismissed it.

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The issue concerns purported instances of corruption and money laundering during the development and implementation of the excise policy for 2021–2022, which was subsequently abandoned by the Delhi administration.

The first chief minister to be arrested while in office is Kejriwal. In connection with the same case, his other coworkers, Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, are likewise detained. Sanjay Singh, a member of the AAP in the Rajya Sabha, was released from Tihar jail earlier this month after receiving bail from the Supreme Court.

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K Kavitha of BRS Sent to Judicial Custody Till April 23 in Delhi Excise Policy Case

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K Kavitha of BRS Sent to Judicial Custody Till April 23 in Delhi Excise Policy Case

BRS leader K. Kavitha was placed in judicial prison until April 23 by Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court on Monday about the excise policy issue. The CBI brought Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, before the court when her three days of police detention were up. According to reports, the CBI informed the court at the hearing that the BRS leader did not need additional in-custody questioning. On March 15, Kavitha was taken to jail by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Following her arrest, on March 23, she was placed in the custody of the CBI. On April 11, the CBI detained her and took her to Tihar jail. The BRS leader had requested temporary bail earlier, citing her son’s upcoming exam as justification and a Delhi court had set its judgment for April 9.

Before her arrest, Kavitha was granted multiple summonses for questioning; at least two of those requests were disregarded. The central agency documented Kavitha’s comments during her three interrogations last year in compliance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Throughout her most recent three-day detention by the CBI, Kavitha was questioned by investigators regarding documents about a land deal and WhatsApp conversations that were found on the phone of one of the co-accused, Buchi Babu. Following this, it was purported that ₹100 crore in kickbacks were given to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to influence the excise policy in favor of a liquor lobby.

The AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh were the first two prominent politicians to be detained in this matter, with the BRS leader being the third. Kejriwal was the first chief minister to be arrested in the case while in office on March 21.

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What is the allegation against Kavitha in the excise policy case?

Kavitha was a part of the ‘South Group,’ which the Enforcement Directorate claims paid ₹100 crore in kickbacks to AAP leaders in exchange for nine retail zones under the now-canceled program. The names of other members of the group had also been made public by the investigation agency: Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, MP for the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSCRCP); his son Raghav Magunta; Sarath Reddy, founder of the Aurobindo Group; and Sameer Mahendru, a businessman from Delhi.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arvind Kejriwal’s Plea in Delhi Excise Policy Case Against ED Arrest

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Supreme Court to Hear Arvind Kejriwal’s Plea in Delhi Excise Policy Case Against ED Arrest

Monday is scheduled for the Supreme Court to consider a plea from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal contesting his remand after being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) about the Delhi excise policy issue. Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta, a bench of justices, will hear the case. In response to a Delhi high court ruling that had rejected his case on April 9 and denied his claim of political retaliation in light of the impending Lok Sabha election, Arvind Kejriwal had petitioned the top court.

The Delhi High Court stated that the detention was an “inevitable consequence of his non-cooperation” with the ED and that the investigation agency had enough evidence to support the decision. Arvind Kejriwal was notably called nine times by the inquiry agency in this issue, but he declined to appear in person. The 103-page ruling by Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma’s single-judge bench also noted that the chief minister’s arrest was not predetermined by the central government.

The AAP leader was sent into judicial detention till April 15 for the final hearing after being arrested on March 21 in relation to the money laundering investigation related to the purported anomalies in the now-canceled Delhi excise policy. He was the first CM in office at the time of the arrest. Right now, the CM is being held at Tihar Prison. AAP leader Manish Sisodia has been incarcerated since February of last year in connection with the excise policy issue, in addition to Arvind Kejriwal. In connection with the crime, Sanjay Singh was also detained; however, he was just released on bond.

What is the Delhi excise policy case?

The case focuses on the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021–2022, claiming corruption and money laundering occurred throughout the implementation process. By substituting the sales-volume-based system with a license fee for dealers and promising swankier storefronts devoid of the famed metal grilles, the Delhi government aimed to revitalize the city’s failing liquor market and ultimately improve the shopping experience for its patrons. It was withdrawn nevertheless, not long after Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena requested an investigation into the policy from the CBI, citing anomalies.

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The CBI and ED claim that in exchange for granting them licenses under the excise policy, a group of lawmakers and liquor industry executives offered ₹100 crore in payments to AAP leaders. The central authorities claimed in their chargesheet that specific members of the “South Group” were involved in the purported irregularities. In the chargesheet, which detailed how all the accused in the excise policy case were allegedly in contact with the Delhi CM to create the excise policy that resulted in disproportionate benefits to them in exchange for which they paid kickbacks to the party, Arvind Kejriwal’s name was also listed.

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