Is Arvind Kejriwal eating mangoes for more than the 'aam' reasons?

The Delhi CM is eating food high in sugar despite being diabetic to make grounds for bail, ED alleges in court

Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on 21 March and was sent to judicial custody in the case on 1 April (photo: PTI)
Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on 21 March and was sent to judicial custody in the case on 1 April (photo: PTI)


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, arrested in the excise scam case, is eating food high in sugar—like mangoes and sweets—every day despite having Type 2 diabetes, in order to create grounds for medical bail, the ED claimed before a court here on Thursday, 18 April.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before Special Judge Kaveri Baweja, who hears CBI and ED cases. She directed the Tihar Jail authorities to file a report on the matter, including Kejriwal's diet chart.

Kejriwal has moved the court, seeking permission to consult his regular doctor via video conference because of fluctuating sugar levels.

The judge directed the authorities concerned to file the report by tomorrow, when the court is likely to take up the matter again.

"Arvind Kejriwal is eating high sugar-content food despite having Type 2 diabetes. He is consuming aloo poori, mango, sweets daily. This is being done to make grounds for medical bail," the ED told the court.

Last week, alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar in a press statement said that Kejriwal is fooling people with talk of losing weight and falling sick. “Everyone should know that he is luxuriously enjoying his salads and palak paneer,” he said.

On Monday, 15 April, Baweja had extended the chief minister's judicial custody until April 23 in the money laundering case related to an alleged excise policy scam being probed by the ED.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo was produced before her on Monday on the expiry of his previously granted 14-day judicial custody.

Kejriwal’s lawyers had detailed his health condition at length earlier, saying he was struggling with diabetes when he was sent to custody. Kejriwal's counsel had informed the court that his blood sugar level had dropped to 46 and argued that in such circumstances, he should be allowed to consult his doctor three times a week via video conferencing.

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