SC Declines to Hear Kejriwal’s Plea for Extension of Interim Bail in Delhi Liquor Policy Corruption Case

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 29th May. 
The Supreme Court has declined to hear Arvind Kejriwal’s request for a 7-day extension of his interim bail in a corruption case related to the Delhi liquor policy. Last month, the Court had granted interim bail to Mr. Kejriwal to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, with a directive to surrender on June 2, a day after the final phase of polling.

The Supreme Court registrar, rejecting the plea, stated that the Delhi Chief Minister had been permitted to approach the trial court for regular bail, rendering this petition “not maintainable”.

Kejriwal had cited medical grounds for seeking an extension and urged for an urgent hearing today. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, emphasized the necessity of a medical examination to safeguard him from potential long-term harm during his prison term.

Asserting that Kejriwal would remain accessible to the public while out on bail, Singhvi stated, “There is no risk of fleeing the legal process, and conditions set by the Supreme Court (for interim bail) have been followed.” The investigating agency alleges that the Delhi Chief Minister played a pivotal role in formulating the now-defunct policy and soliciting bribes for liquor licenses. The agency claims that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received kickbacks amounting to ₹100 crore, allegedly utilized to finance election campaigns in Goa and Punjab.

Both the AAP and Kejriwal have vehemently denied the allegations, labeling the arrest and case as “political vendetta”. The arrest has sparked a political confrontation between the ruling BJP and the opposition INDIA bloc, led by the Congress and of which the AAP is a member.

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