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In the Arvind Kejriwal ED Arrest Case, the MEA opposes US views, stating that states should respect others. 
Mar 27, 2024 02:56 pm

The MEA has criticized the US State Department spokesperson's comments on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's arrest in the liquor policy issue. On March 27, the MEA stated that states must respect the sovereignty and internal affairs of others in diplomacy. “We strongly disagree with the US State Department Spokesperson's comments about Indian legal proceedings. Diplomacy requires states to respect others' sovereignty and internal affairs. This responsibility is greater for fellow democracies. Otherwise, it could establish bad examples. India's court is independent and dedicated to objective and timely results. That should not be questioned "MEA statement. The MEA summoned US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Gloria Berbena earlier that day. The summons came a day after the US State Department official commented on Kejriwal's arrest, although the grounds were unknown. Berbana spoke with MEA staff in South Block for 40 minutes today. The US "encourages a fair legal process" and is closely monitoring Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's incarceration. "The US is closely following reports of the arrest of Indian opposition figure Arvind Kejriwal," the spokesperson told Reuters. "We encourage a fair, transparent, and timely legal process for Chief Minister Kejriwal," Reuters quoted the US spokeswoman. Kejriwal was detained on March 21 over the abolished Delhi liquor policy. The next day, the trial court remanded him to the Enforcement Directorate until March 28. The issue involves alleged corruption and money laundering under the Delhi government's 2021-22 excise program, which was abandoned. In the newest update, sources say the CBI may seek custody of Kejriwal after the ED remand ends. On Wednesday, Delhi CM's wife stated Arvind Kejriwal will tell where the liquor scam money is and produce proof in court on March 28.