Former Minister Filed Petition to Remove Jailed Delhi Chief Minister from Position

A former member and minister of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) filed a petition in the Delhi High Court calling for the removal of current Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal on April 6th. Sandeep Kumar filed the writ of quo warranto against Kejriwal based on allegations that he is incapable of holding office after his arrest in late March by the Enforcement Directorate.

The petition says he cannot carry out his constitutional functions and responsibilities as CM under Articles 239AA (4), 167(b), and (c), along with provision to subsection (4) of Section 14 of the 2005 Disaster Management Act.

Kumar also alleges that the Lieutenant Governor cannot conduct his responsibilities under the Indian Constitution’s Article 167(c) due to Kejriwal continuing to be in jail.

The petition comes after the court turned down two Public Interest Litigations that also sought to remove Kejriwal from his CM position. The judges said in their rulings that “at times, personal interest has to be subordinate to national interest. We do not administer the state.”