As it happened: Kejriwal demands Khurshid’s arrest, Louise defends herself

by Oct 13, 2012

2:10 pm: Louise Khurshid defends herself and Salman Khurshid against allegations

The wife of Minister Salman Khurshid has refuted all the allegations being levelled by a media channel and Arvind Kejriwal.

"I had told Akhilesh Yadav to probe allegations of corruptions. Why would I take the chance of asking for a probe if guilty," she told ANI.

She refuted the allegations that physically challenged persons had not received equipment

"I spoke with the office of the CAG. And I was assured that nothing would go the CAG until I put my view before it....I spoke with the CAG. I have been told that no report will go further until I give my version. I have all the documents to prove the allegations are false," she told Times Now.

"I do not want to drag the CAG into this. I intend to write on Monday to the CAG saying that the matter is now in the public domain and my opinion has not been sought, here are the certificates of our expenditure in the camps," Khurshid said.

"I am ready for any probe...They should have investigated the evidence that they claim exists," she said.

I have kept the Prime Minister and Congress president's office about what is happening, Khurshid said.

"My silence is only because I am fighting the case in court...If we were guilty, we wouldn't want the Congress to back us. I am certain we will be proven innocent," she said.

1:55 pm: Kejriwal accuses Congress and BJP of working together to loot the nation

Kejriwal also accused the Congress and BJP of sticking together in corruption and said that it was to combat the corruption being spread by the two parties that India Against Corruption had decided to take the plunge into politics.

"Congress is looting the country, but where is the BJP? Both are looting the country together," he said.

Rejecting the argument by the Congress that they were operating as a 'B' team of the BJP,

1:50 pm: Kejriwal demands arrest of Salman Khurshid and his wife

Kejriwal says that the Law Minister and his wife should be arrested at the earliest to prevent them from interfering in the probe into the functioning of the NGO they headed.

"In a nation where the Law Minister forges signatures of officials and steals from the handicapped, does he deserve to stay on?" Kejriwal told a cheering crowd.

"We demand the dismissal of Khurshid immediately. We demand his and his wife's arrest with immediate effect," he said.

1:45 pm: Kejriwal accuses police of harassment

Arvind Kejriwal accused the Delhi police of harassing protesters who participated in the rally.

"I want to thank the youth who were caught by the police and beaten up badly. One person was taken by police and beaten," he said.

He also accused the police of illegally detaining two activists and threatening them with beatings. They were released only once India Against Corruption intervened, he said.

Another person had to be taken to hospital and later joined the arrested activists at Bawana police station, the activist said.

He also pointed out that Salman Khurshid had been accused of corruption in the running of an NGO that is accused of financial misapropriation. And yes, he has sought his resignation.

1:30 pm: Kejriwal and Sisodia back at Parliament Street

That Kejriwal has no plans to give up his agitation is now more than clear. He and Sisodia are set to address the crowd shortly and will continue to press for a probe against Salman Khurshid and his wife. And the minister's resignation.

It's unlikely either of those demands will be met immediately. And that suits Kejriwal and India Against Corruption just fine.

11.00amDelhi Police freed activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal and his band of supporters from Bawana jail. But the protestors are in no mood to give up as they head straight to Parliament Street to continue their protests.

Police detain India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters at Janpath in New Delhi on Friday. PTI

11.15am "Our protest will continue," Kejriwal tells CNN-IBN. Kejriwal along with physically challenged persons were marching towards Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence to demand the resignation of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday when he was detained.

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