Arvind Kejriwal moves Supreme Court, seeks extension of interim bail in excise policy case on health grounds

The plea said Kejriwal is required to undergo some medical tests and for this purpose, the interim bail, which is ending on June 1, be extended

Updated - May 27, 2024 06:25 pm IST

Published - May 27, 2024 10:41 am IST - New Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal holds a roadshow in favour of party candidate Rajkumar Chabbewal for the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Hoshiarpur.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal holds a roadshow in favour of party candidate Rajkumar Chabbewal for the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Hoshiarpur. | Photo Credit: ANI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 27 moved the Supreme Court for a seven-day extension of an interim bail granted to him in a money laundering case linked to the liquor liquour policy scam.

The Supreme Court had granted Mr. Kejriwal interim bail on May 10 to campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

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Mr. Kejriwal was ordered to surrender on June 2. In an application seeking an extension of time by a week, Mr. Kejriwal said he had to undergo a series of medical tests, including a PET-CT scan. The interim bail was granted till June 1. The election results are due on June 4.

“There is no gain saying that General Elections to Lok Sabha is the most significant and an important event this year, as it should be in a national election year. Between 650-700 million voters out of an electorate of about 970 million will cast their votes to elect the government of this country for the next five years. General Elections supply the vis viva to a democracy,” a Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta had observed in its order.

The court had barred Mr. Kejriwal from visiting the Chief Minister’s office or the Delhi Secretariat. He would not sign any official files unless it was required and necessary for obtaining clearance or approval of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

The order has prohibited him from making any comments with regard to his role in the liquor policy case.

The court had made it clear that the grant of bail was not a comment on the merits of the case or on the pending appeal filed by Mr. Kejriwal against his arrest on March 21.

The eight-page order had rejected an argument by the prosecution agency, Directorate of Enforcement (ED), that releasing Mr. Kejriwal on interim bail to canvas votes would create an impression among the public, worse still, a judicial precedent, that politicians were a separate class, higher in status than the ordinary citizen and immune from arrest.

Every criminal would vie to be a politician, the ED had rued.

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