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Arvind Kejriwal | Can the arrested Chief Minister run the administration from jail? What does the law say? | leader

Leaders Online Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been arrested by the ED in connection with alleged corruption in the liquor policy. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said that Kejriwal will be the Chief Minister of Delhi and that he will run the administration from jail. Although 'AAP' has announced it, in reality it is not that easy to run the governance and administration from jail. (Arvind Kejriwal)

Arvind Kejriwal |Can the arrested Chief Minister run the administration from jail?

Sunil Gupta, retired law officer of Delhi's Tihar Jail, said, “Running an administration from a jail is not that straightforward. According to prison rules, a hostage can meet family, relatives and colleagues only 2 times a week. It will not be easy for Kejriwal to run the administration under these constraints.” But there may be another option. The Lieutenant Governor has powers to declare any building as a prison. If Kejriwal's residence is declared a prison by the Lt. Governor, Kejriwal can be placed under house arrest. Gupta said that they will be able to participate in the day-to-day operations of the Delhi administration.

Earlier, Jharkhand Governor Hemant Soren was arrested in a land scam. After his arrest, he resigned and handed over the charge to Champi Soren. In 1998, after being arrested in fodder scam case, the then Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, gave charge to Rabri Devi. Arvind Kejriwal missed ED summons 9 times. He was arrested on Thursday (21st) night after the Delhi High Court refused to grant him protection from arrest. Atishi is the second-ranking leader in the Delhi government and in AAP. He said that there will be no change in the leadership of AAP.

If Kejriwal does not resign?

NDTV reports that the Union Home Ministry is investigating whether Arvind Kejriwal can be removed from the post if he does not resign.

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