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High Court Slams Arvind Kejriwal For Not Resigning: ‘Prioritised Personal Interest’

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OB Bureau

New Delhi: Nothing is going right for Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21 and sent to Tihar jail on April 1, the AAP supremo on Friday faced the Delhi High Court’s wrath for not resigning as Delhi chief minister.

The high court said that Kejriwal put personal interest over national interest by not quitting as CM after being arrested in a money-laundering case related to the now-scrapped controversial Delhi liquor policy.

The court said that the Delhi government was “only interested in power”.

The high court also pulled up the AAP-led government over non-availability of textbooks and uniforms for students in government schools.

“Your client is just interested in power.. I don’t know how much power you want,” the court observed.

The high court had said earlier that there can’t be a vacuum, and if the standing committee is not available for any reason, financial power must be delegated forthwith to an appropriate authority by GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi).

This was after the MCD Commissioner had pointed out one of the major reasons for non-distribution of notebooks, stationery items, uniforms and school bags was ‘non-formation of standing committees’.

The counsel for Delhi government informed the court on Friday that he had been informed by AAP minister Saurabh Bharadwaj that the consent of the chief minister would be needed for such delegation.

“It’s your choice that you said government will continue despite the chief minister being in custody. You are forcing us to go down the road we did not want to go,” the high court said.

The court said though distribution of books is not its job, they have to do this because “someone is failing in their job.”

OB Bureau

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