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Kejriwal to return to jail on June 2, Supreme Court rejects plea for seven-day extension

According to sources, the apex court registry refused to accept Kejriwal’s application, saying the plea was not maintainable as he was given the liberty to move the trial court for regular bail

R. Balaji New Delhi Published 30.05.24, 05:32 AM
Arvind Kejriwal in Jalandhar, Punjab, on Wednesday.

Arvind Kejriwal in Jalandhar, Punjab, on Wednesday. PTI picture.

The Supreme Court registry on Wednesday rejected Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for a seven-day extension of his interim bail, leaving him no option but to go back to Tihar jail on June 2.

According to sources, the apex court registry refused to accept Kejriwal’s application, saying the plea was not maintainable as he was given the liberty to move the trial court for regular bail.

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Kejriwal was granted interim bail by a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta on May 10 and was asked to surrender at Tihar jail on June 2.

The bench had on May 17 reserved its verdict on Kejriwal’s plea challenging the validity of his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam.

On Tuesday, a vacation bench of Justices J.K. Maheshwari and K.V. Viswanathan had declined to direct an urgent listing of the bail extension plea. On senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s insistence, the bench placed the request for consideration by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud who is the master of the roster.

The registry, which acts on behalf of the CJI on the administrative side, declined to list the matter for hearing.

The apex court, in the interim bail order on May 10, had enabled Kejriwal to campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls on the condition that he would surrender by June 2 and not visit the Delhi secretariat and chief minister’s office.

The bench, while rejecting the vehement opposition from the Enforcement Directorate that no such interim bail could be granted to Kejriwal merely because he was a politician, had said the chief minister should not sign any official file unless it required approval of the lieutenant governor.

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