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India objects to US remarks on Delhi CM Kejriwal’s arrest

India’s Ministry of External Affairs took “strong objection” to the remarks by a US spokesperson on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest. “In diplomacy, states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others,” MEA said in a presser on Wednesday.

“We encourage a fair, transparent, and timely legal process for Chief Minister Kejriwal,” a US State Department spokesperson had said in response to an emailed query about the case.

Earlier India summoned a German envoy on Saturday to protest against his government’s remarks about the arrest. Germany had also urged for an “impartial” trial for the Delhi CM, evoking a sharp response from India.

“We assume and expect that the standards relating to independence of judiciary and basic democratic principles will also be applied in this case,” the German foreign ministry had said.

“This responsibility is even more so in case of fellow democracies. It could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents,” MEA statement read.

“India’s legal processes are based on an independent judiciary which is committed to objective and timely outcomes. Casting aspersions on that is unwarranted,” it added.

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