Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in connection with an alleged liquor policy scam.

The arrest followed the Delhi High Court's refusal to grant Kejriwal interim protection and scheduled a hearing for April 22.

Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party moved the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing against the ED's actions.

This arrest is part of a trend of Central agencies targeting opposition leaders, with claims that 95% of cases since 2014 are against them.

Kejriwal had previously ignored nine ED summons, labeling them "illegal" and "politically motivated."

Senior AAP leaders, including former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, are also in judicial custody.

The AAP government's 2021-22 liquor policy, leading to alleged financial irregularities and kickbacks, is central to the controversy.

The alleged scam resulted in a Rs.2,873 crore loss to the Delhi government and involved bribes and substantial profits for a private company.

Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, have condemned Kejriwal's arrest, accusing the government of undermining democracy.

The arrest occurs amid criticisms of the Modi government for using Central agencies as political tools ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

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