ED arrests AAP MP Sanjay Singh in Delhi excise policy case

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ED arrests AAP MP Sanjay Singh in Delhi excise policy case
ED arrests AAP MP Sanjay Singh in Delhi excise policy case

New Delhi : Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader MP Sanjay Singh, on Wednesday, has been arrested by enforcement directorate in the Delhi excise policy case. He is the third leader of AAP who has been arrested by the central agency in this year.

Hindi Delhi excise policy case is the second high profile leader who has been arrested by the agency after deputy CM Manish Sisodia. Delhi minister Satyendar Jain was arrested by the ED on May 30, 2022 in a separate money laundering case.

His house was raided for the whole day among questioning by the enforcement directorate officers, following which he was put into the arrest. MP Sanjay Singh will now be produced at a local court on Thursday morning, where ED officials will be asking for his custodial interrogation

A number of leaders of the opposition bloc INDIA came out in support of Singh, with Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, asserting that the arrest would further solidify the newly formed alliance aimed at challenging the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticized the arrest, labeling it as "utterly unlawful" and alleging that it represented a desperate move by the BJP.

"The detention of Sanjay Singh is entirely unlawful. This demonstrates Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anxiety. They may detain more opposition leaders before the elections," stated the AAP national convener in a statement on X.

In a pre-arrest video message, Sanjay Singh asserted that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was arresting him without any substantiated evidence.

"I am prepared to face any outcome, even death, but I will not bow down. I have brought Adani's alleged wrongdoings to light and submitted numerous complaints to the ED, but no action has been taken against Adani. It is evident that Modi ji's prospects in the 2024 elections are dimming significantly. Resorting to oppression and imprisonment will not secure their victory."

"I have previously raised concerns about Adani's alleged misdeeds, and I will continue to do so in the future. We are staunch supporters of (Arvind) Kejriwal, and we will not be deterred by such injustices," Singh declared in the message, which was shared with the media. It is worth noting that the AAP also holds power in Punjab.