Despite protests across the country, the Indian opposition leader received a ten-day detention

Arvind Kejriwal / Photo EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

An Indian court today ordered opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal to be remanded for two weeks at the end of his 10-day remand in a federal jail, a move that opposition parties say is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's showdown with rivals ahead of parliamentary elections due to be held this month.

Kejiwal is the chief minister of New Delhi and the leader of the Aam Admi Party (Party of the Common Man) which is part of the opposition India bloc of parties which is the main challenger to Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

He was arrested on March 21 by federal police controlled by the government of current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on charges that he and his party accepted bribes of one billion rupees (11 million euros) from alcohol suppliers nearly two years ago, which they they vehemently deny it.

His arrest sparked mass protests across the country, and the Aam Aadmi Party announced that Kejiwal would remain as the chief minister of New Delhi.

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