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Supreme Court refuses Arvind Kejriwal’s plea seeking 7 more days of interim bail on medical grounds

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal got a big blow from the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The registry here has rejected the appeal for immediate hearing to extend the bail period by seven days. Now Kejriwal will have to surrender on June 2.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
Supreme Court refuses Arvind Kejriwal’s plea seeking 7 more days of interim bail on medical grounds

New Delhi: In a major blow to Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court’s registry rejected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for 7 day extension of his interim bail to undergo some medical tests. The top court had directed him to surrender to Tihar Jail on June 2. The top court’s registry refused to accept application saying since Kejriwal was given liberty to move trial court for regular bail, the plea seeking extension is not maintainable.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had refused to urgently list Arvind Kejriwal petition seeking seven more days of interim bail and asked his counsel to placematter before the CJI DY Chandrachud. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for the Delhi CM mentioned the plea for urgent hearing before the apex court’s vacation bench headed by Justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan.

The bench, however, was not inclined to accept the mention of the application and said that the matter is already heard and the judgment is reserved by another bench of the top court.

The bench asked Singhvi to mention the petition before the Chief Justice Of India DY Chandrachud for an appropriate order.

On Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party said that Kejriwal has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking an extension of his interim bail by 7 days to undergo medical tests. The AAP chief has sought time to undergo PET-CT scan and other medical tests. PET-CT scan is a test that is generally used to diagnose cancer and heart related diseases.

The Supreme Court on May 10 granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi Liquor Policy case to campaign for Lok Sabha elections 2024.

The top court allowed interim release for Kejriwal for campaigning but said that he must surrender on June 2. The seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha election will take place on June 1.

A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta noted that 21 days here or there should not make a difference to the investigation and he can surrender on June 2 after finishing election campaign.

The top court has also concluded hearing Kejriwal’s plea against ED arrest but reserved verdict.

The apex court while granting him bail barred him from the chief minister’s office and made it clear that he cannot perform any official duty. Following this, Arvind Kejriwal told the Supreme Court that he is willing to furnish an undertaking stating that he will not sign any official files if released on interim bail.

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