YouTube, Facebook Told To Delete Arvind Kejriwal’s Video Addressing Court

New Delhi, June 15 (Representative) The Delhi High Court on Saturday issued notice to Sunita Kejriwal, wife of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube, to delete posts and/or reposts, of a video of the AAP leader addressing the court on March 28. The court heard a petition for action for violating video conferencing rules; this was back when Mr Kejriwal was in police custody following his arrest in the alleged liquor policy scam. The petition argued Mrs Kejriwal, as well as social media handles of the AAP and some opposition parties, had made copies of the video of court proceedings and posted it online. The video in question is one of Mr Kejriwal presenting his side of the case to the court. In an impassioned speech, Mr Kejriwal addressed the court directly, and accused the Enforcement Directorate of trying “to crush” his party. He pointed out – as the AAP had, and continues to do so – that no ‘bribes’ allegedly received by his party had been recovered. “I was arrested… but no court has proved me guilty.

The CBI, or Central Bureau of Investigation, filed 31,000 pages (of chargesheets) and ED filed 25,000. Even if you read them together the question remains… why have I been arrested?” he asked the court. Mr Kejriwal also referred to the statements of approvers, or accused individuals who became government witnesses, suggesting they had been coerced into accusing him. “The ED had only one mission – to trap me,” he alleged, “Three statements were given (by one witness)… but the court only saw those that accused me. Why? This is not right.” The Delhi Chief Minister had been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21, on charges he played a key role in setting up the alleged liquor policy scam. The federal agency has argued Mr Kejriwal’s AAP government took bribes in exchange for allotment of liquor sales licences – specifically from a ‘South cartel’ that includes Telangana lawmaker K Kavitha, the daughter of ex-Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao – under a new policy with inflated profit margins.

These bribes, which the ED has claimed amount to at least ₹ 100 crore, were then used to fund the AAP’s poll campaigns in Goa and Punjab. Mr Kejriwal spent over 50 days in jail – a period rocked by claims and counterclaims by the AAP, the opposition BJP, jail officials, and the ED over his health; the Chief Minister is a diabetic and had alleged he was being deliberately denied insulin, an essential medicine. The federal agency argued, however, that Mr Kejriwal had artificially spiked sugar levels to secure bail on medical grounds and also opposed requests for a doctor’s consult. Mr Kejriwal was eventually given interim bail by the Supreme Court, which reasoned the AAP boss could not be stopped from campaigning for his party amid a national election. During Mr Kejriwal’s time in jail, his wife (and senior leaders Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj) emerged as the faces of the party; Mrs Kejriwal even delivered a fiery speech at a political rally that included members of the Congress-led INDIA bloc, of which the AAP is a member. Mrs Kejriwal’s moment in the political spotlight triggered talk she could make a full-time plunge into the space, particularly with the Delhi Assembly election due next year. However, last month Mr Kejriwal made it clear she is not likely to do sol; he said she had no interest in active politics despite her cameo.