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After US, Germany and UN comments on Vice President Arvind Kejriwal’s retort

Mr. Dhankhar stressed that “equality before the law is the new norm” in India.

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Stressing that India is a unique democracy, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said the country does not need lessons from anyone on the rule of law. His comments come after Germany, the United States and the United Nations commented on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The questions to U.S. and U.N. officials that sparked the comments also concerned the freezing of congressional bank accounts.

Speaking at an event on Friday, the Vice President said: “India is a democracy with a strong judicial system. This cannot be compromised by any individual or group. India does not need lessons from anyone on the rule of law.

Mr. Dhankhar stressed that “equality before the law is the new normal” in India and those who thought they were above the law must be held accountable.

Perhaps referring to the AAP’s planned rally against Mr Kejriwal’s arrest on Sunday at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, which will be attended by several leaders of the Indian alliance, the Vice President said: “But what do we see- We ? the law takes its course, they take to the streets, organize loud debates, camouflaging guilt of the worst nature with human rights. This is happening right under our noses,” he added.

Describing India’s judiciary as robust, independent and pro-people, he asked, “What is the justification for any person, institution or organization to take to the streets when the law is implemented?”

Addressing the 70th Founders’ Day celebrations of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Mr. Dhankhar also said that those engaged in “transgression of law” were now playing the victim card.

“Corruption is no longer a gateway to opportunity, a job or a contract. It is a gateway to prison… Can you make a high moral argument that the corrupt should not be dealt with because it “Is it a holiday season or is it about agriculture? How can there be a season to save the culprits,” the Vice President asked.

After remarks from representatives of the United States and Germany, India summoned their envoys. He called the comments “unwarranted,” “biased” and “unacceptable,” but has yet to respond to the statement by a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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