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Supreme Court grants interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal until June 1

A bench presided over by Justice Sanjiv Khanna said that the AAP supremo will have to surrender on June 2.
02:36 PM May 10, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
supreme court grants interim bail to arvind kejriwal until june 1
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New Delhi, May 10: The Supreme Court has granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until June 1 in the ongoing money laundering case initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

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 This decision comes after the ED vehemently opposed the suggestion put forth by the Supreme Court to grant interim bail to Kejriwal for campaigning during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Arvind Kejriwal, currently incarcerated in Tihar jail since his arrest by the ED on March 21 in connection with the money laundering case related to the Delhi excise policy, has been granted interim relief by a Bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta.

The ED's probe into the alleged money laundering activities of Kejriwal is based on a case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2022, following a complaint filed by Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena. It is alleged that Kejriwal, along with other AAP leaders, conspired to manipulate the Delhi Excise Policy of 2021-22 to benefit certain liquor vendors.

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During the hearing of Kejriwal's petition challenging his arrest and remand by the ED, the Supreme Court hinted at granting interim bail to facilitate his participation in the election campaign.

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However, the court specified that if interim bail were granted, Kejriwal would be barred from performing any official duties as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

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Kejriwal's legal team argued that while he is not immune from prosecution as a Chief Minister, his rights are not inferior to those of any other individual. The ED countered this argument, asserting that Kejriwal should not receive special treatment solely because of his political position.

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With the grant of interim bail, Arvind Kejriwal now has the opportunity to engage in election campaigning, albeit with restrictions on his official duties as the Chief Minister, until June 1.

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