After US, Germany, UN reacts to Arvind Kejriwal's arrest: ‘Hope everyone's rights are protected'

March 29,2024 04:16 PM


Reacting to the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the United Nations too has responded to the case by reminding that the political and civil rights of people should be protected.

Chumoukedima, Nagaland, March 29 (HBTV): Following the United States and Germany noting the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the United Nations too has responded to the case by reminding that the political and civil rights of people should be protected during the elections. 

The UN chief’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric responded to a question about the political unrest in India amid the arrest of Kejriwal and the freezing of Congress's bank accounts. The world body hoped for protection of people's "political and civil rights" during elections in India.

"We very much hope that in India, as in any country that is having elections, that everyone's rights are protected, including political and civil rights, and everyone is able to vote in an atmosphere that is free and fair," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at a press meet.

Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case, days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He is currently in the custody of the central agency. 

The remarks by the United Nations follow similar statements by the United States and Germany on the arrest of the Aam Aadmi Party chief.

A spokesperson from the US State Department stated that they are "closely monitoring" the arrest of Kejriwal and are encouraging a "fair, transparent, and timely legal process". Registering India's protest over the statement, New Delhi summoned a senior US diplomat. However, hours after this, on Wednesday, the US reiterated the same stand, calling for transparent and timely legal processes.

“I’m not going to talk about any private diplomatic conversations. But of course what we have said publicly is what I just said from here, that we encourage fair, transparent, timely legal processes. We don’t think anyone should object to that, and we’ll make the same thing clear privately,’ US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said.       

Also, a German foreign affairs spokesperson said in a statement that the "standards relating to the independence of the judiciary and basic democratic principles" would be applied in Kejriwal's case. The External Affairs Ministry subsequently summoned a senior diplomat of the German Embassy to lodge its protest over the country's comments, claiming it to be a ‘blatant interference of internal affairs’.

The case against Arvind Kejriwal pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in formulating and executing the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22, which was later scrapped.