29 Mar 2024

After US and Germany, now United Nations also speaks on Arvind Kejriwal's Arrest

In the wake of Germany and America's remarks regarding the detention of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the United Nations has now given its reaction on the matter.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antony Guterres, addressed inquiries regarding Kejriwal's arrest and the freezing of the Congress Party's bank accounts.

In response, the spokesperson emphasized the importance of safeguarding political and civil liberties, along with the welfare of all citizens, particularly during election periods in India.

Expressing the global hope for free and fair parliamentary elections in India, the spokesperson underscored the necessity for an environment conducive to free and fair voting.

Arvind Kejriwal was apprehended by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in connection to purported irregularities in Delhi's excise policy.

Former Indian Foreign Secretary and ambassador to various nations, including Turkey, France, and Russia, Kanwal Sibal, characterized the UN's stance on Kejriwal's arrest as premeditated.

On social media platform X, Sibal remarked, "Does the external backing received by Kejriwal signify anything? While the UN Charter prohibits interference in member states' internal affairs, the UNSG office appears to violate this principle. The UN's credibility is severely compromised in any case."

US had twice commented on Kejriwal's arrest 

Previously, the United States had twice commented on Arvind Kejriwal's arrest and allegations regarding the freezing of the opposition party Congress's bank accounts ahead of elections.

A spokesperson from the US State Department stated on Monday that the US is closely monitoring reports regarding Kejriwal's arrest and advocates for strengthening the fair legal process.

India rebuffed the US State Department's statement as "unwarranted," expressing strong opposition and summoning America's acting Deputy Chief of Mission in India, Gloria Barbena.

During a press conference, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reiterated India's commitment to upholding the rule of law in its legal processes.

Responding to US commentary on the Congress Party's allegations of frozen accounts, Jaiswal emphasized India's robust and independent democratic institutions and rejected external interference in its electoral and legal procedures.

Following the summons of the American diplomat, questions arose once more regarding Kejriwal and the Congress Party's bank accounts.

In response, Matthew Miller of the US State Department reiterated the call for fair, transparent, and timely legal procedures for all issues.

Despite allegations by senior Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, regarding frozen funds, the US maintained its stance on equitable legal processes.

Amid diplomatic exchanges, the US State Department spokesperson emphasized their public stance and reiterated the importance of impartial legal proceedings, both publicly and privately.

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