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Supreme Court Granted Interim Bail To Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Supreme Court has granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until June 1 in the money laundering case filed against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding the Delhi excise policy matter. Kejriwal requested bail until the vote counting, but the Supreme Court turned down his plea and instructed him to surrender on June 2.


Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in connection with a money laundering investigation related to alleged irregularities in the now-defunct Delhi excise policy for 2021-22. Approximately Mr Kejriwal was under arrest for 50 days


Reiterating the above stand, ED had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court yesterday, opposing the grant of interim bail to Kejriwal.


On Tuesday, the court hinted at granting Kejriwal interim bail to allow him to campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, it also specified that Kejriwal would not be permitted to carry out any official duties as Chief Minister if interim bail were granted.


The bench, however, had observed that it was dealing with the case of an elected Chief Minister, not a habitual offender, and the general elections take place only once in 5 years. It, however, made clear that if an interim release was directed, Kejriwal would not be allowed to perform official duties, as that would have a cascading effect.


Kejriwal petitioned the Supreme Court in April of this year after the Delhi High Court dismissed his writ petition challenging the ED arrest on April 9. The notice came to be issued on his plea on April 15, with the matter being directed to be listed in the week commencing April 29.


Well, indeed, it’s good news for the AAP members and supporters. Mr Kejriwal is allowed to participate in political activities, meaning he could campaign for the party, which is what Mr Kejriwal is now also expected to be able to do.


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