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UN on Kejriwal's arrest, Congress bank freeze: 'Hope for fairness in India'

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 29th 2024 10:20 AM
UN on Kejriwal's arrest, Congress bank freeze: 'Hope for fairness in India'

UN on Kejriwal's arrest, Congress bank freeze: 'Hope for fairness in India'

PTC News Desk: In response to recent developments concerning the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and allegations of freezing bank accounts belonging to the opposition Congress party, the United Nations has weighed in, expressing its hope for free and fair elections in India.

Following India's objection to comments made by the US State Department regarding these legal matters, the United Nations Secretary General's spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, emphasised the importance of upholding political and civil rights, ensuring that all individuals can vote in a democratic and unbiased environment during parliamentary elections.

The controversy escalated after the United States commented twice on Kejriwal's arrest and the Congress party's allegations. The State Department's spokesperson urged for a fair legal process, prompting India to summon the acting U.S. deputy chief of mission in New Delhi.

India's Ministry of External Affairs firmly defended the country's legal procedures, asserting the independence of its judiciary and condemning any insinuations against it as unjustified. Despite India's response, the State Department reiterated its call for fair and transparent legal proceedings.

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In Washington, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller emphasised the importance of impartial legal processes and declined to comment on India's diplomatic actions. Reacting to the US State Department's statements, India's Ministry of External Affairs reiterated its stance, denouncing any external interference in the nation's electoral and legal systems as unacceptable and unwarranted.

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(Inputs from agencies)


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