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Pawan Khera’s arrest was arbitrary and dictatorial | Statement by Congress Party

Saturday 25 February 2023


Press Statement issued by Shri KC Venugopal, G. Sec. I/C, Organisation

23 February, 2023

Today, a group of INC leaders were travelling on Indigo Flight No. 6E 204 from Delhi to Raipur. After we boarded, Sh. Pawan Khera was deplaned and informed that the Assam Police will be arresting him. Without providing any copy of the FIR, an arrest warrant, or a production warrant from the concerned magistrate, the Delhi Police detained Sh. Khera.

Sh. Khera was arrested on totally baseless charges, which were only trumped up because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scared of being questioned on his relationship with Mr. Gautam Adani. We thank the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for being the voice of reason in these testing times.

This charade is not going to deter us from raising questions about the manner in which the Modi government has systematically favoured the Adani group and is conspicuously silent on allegations of stock rigging, over valuation and benami money being pushed through a web of shell companies against the Adani Group of companies.

Sh. Khera’s arrest was arbitrary and dictatorial and yet another cowardly attempt to derail the 85th AICC Plenary being held in Raipur. First, the Enforcement Directorate raided INC leaders in Chhattisgarh, clearly timed to intimidate our Chhattisgarh unit during the crucial planning stage of the Plenary. However, the BJP is totally misguided if it believes that such laughable intimidation tactics are going to dissuade us from exposing its corruption and misgovernance.

Sh. Pawan Khera is one of the most articulate voices of our party, who has consistently opposed and questioned the flawed policies and divisive agenda of the Modi government. We stand with Shri Khera and strongly denounce the high handedness of the government.

The Haath Se Haath Jodo AICC Plenary will give a new vision to the country and start the countdown for the end of BJP’s misrule at the Centre. We are all geared up for this

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