Delhi HC rejects PIL seeking removal of Kejriwal as CM

Arvind Kejriwal. [File Photo]

New Delhi: On Thursday, the Delhi High Court declined to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the removal of Arvind Kejriwal from his position as chief minister, following his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case linked to the excise policy, PTI reported.

The court, presided over by a bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora, underscored the principle that personal interests sometimes must be subordinated to national interests.

However, the court clarified its role as being bound by the law and not to intervene in matters where the remedy lies elsewhere. The bench referenced a previous case where a similar PIL seeking Kejriwal’s removal was dismissed, indicating its consistent stance on the matter.

In light of the court’s refusal to interfere, the petitioner’s lawyer, Vishnu Gupta, stated that he had been instructed to withdraw the petition. He indicated his intention to approach the Lieutenant Governor with the plea instead.

Consequently, the court allowed the petitioner to withdraw the plea, disposing of the matter accordingly. This decision reiterated the court’s adherence to legal procedures and its reluctance to intervene in matters beyond its jurisdiction.

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