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Delhi High Court Stays Bail Order on CM Kejriwal in Laundering Case

Delhi High Court Stays Bail Order on CM Kejriwal in Laundering Case


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court temporarily put on hold on Friday the order of the trial court granting bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal till it hears the Enforcement Directorate’s plea challenging the relief in the money laundering case related to the alleged excise scam. The ED urgently mentioned its plea before a bench comprising Justices Sudhir Kumar Jain and Ravinder Dudeja of the Delhi High Court, who said that they would hear the matter once they get the case file within 10-15 minutes. The high court clarified that the order of the trial court should not be implemented till then.

The trial court had granted bail to Kejriwal on Thursday evening, an order which the ED challenged promptly. Appearing for the ED, Additional Solicitor General S V Raju urged the court to stay the lower court order, on the ground that the agency was not given reasonable opportunity to place its case before it. The ED had taken Kejriwal to judicial custody till April 14, before arresting him on March 21, following the refusal of the Delhi High Court to grant him interim protection from arrest in connection with his petition against the summonses.

The intervention of the high court exposes a continuing legal battle about the money laundering charges against the chief minister. It also overthrows them as part of a larger probe into an alleged excise scam thatshake several officials and catapults public and political interest.

The decision taken to rehear by Justice Jain and Justice Dudeja, the bail order of the trial court proves that the case, in itself, is not only highly complex but sensitive. The argument of the ED that it was not adequately heard by the trial court would be one of the main points of consideration while reviewing during the High Court.

This development piles another layer of legal complications on Kejriwal, whose arrest in March came amid rising tensions between his administration and federal investigative agencies. How the high court views this case in its impending review will be crucial in assessing the immediate legal status of the Chief Minister and the future direction the case takes.

With allegations of this kind against such a high-profile leader, the legal proceedings are going to be steep in import for Kejriwal’s political career and governance of Delhi. The decision coming out of the Delhi High Court is likely to have far-reaching repercussions, both legally and politically

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