7 May 2024

Supreme Court lays down conditions for granting bail to Arvind Kejriwal

The Supreme Court on Tuesday laid down the conditions for granting bail to Arvind Kejriwal. The court told the ED, which opposed the bail, that elections were going on and Kejriwal was the current Chief Minister.

The court began by observing that Arvind Kejriwal is the "elected Chief Minister" of the national capital. "There are elections... these are extraordinary circumstances and he is not a habitual offender," a bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta said.

Elections come only once in 5 years. The court told Kejriwal that if we grant you bail, you will not do official duty. We do not want you to interfere in the government work. If elections had not been held then the question of interim bail would not have arisen.

Kejriwal's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said- Kejriwal will not sign any file. The condition is that LG should not stop any work on the grounds that the file is not signed. CM will not say anything that will cause harm.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that it is not right to differentiate between the Chief Minister and the common man. Do not create a separate category for politicians. Wrong message will be sent among the public. The hearing on this matter will continue even after lunch i.e. 2 pm.

Earlier, in the hearing held on May 3, after a two-hour long debate, the bench had said that the main case i.e. in which Kejriwal has challenged his arrest and remand, may take time. In view of the Lok Sabha elections, interim bail for Kejriwal can be considered so that he can participate in the campaign.

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