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Setback for Arvind Kejriwal as Supreme Court rejects plea seeking 7-day interim bail extension

May 29, 2024 11:44 AM IST

Delhi excise policy case: Supreme Court registry refused urgent listing of Arvind Kejriwal's plea for extension of interim bail by seven days on health grounds.

The Supreme Court registry on Wednesday, May 29, refused urgent listing of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking extension of his interim bail by seven days for undergoing certain medical tests. Arvind Kejriwal is set to surrender before the Tihar jail authorities on June 2.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

The Supreme Court registry refused to accept the application, saying since Arvind Kejriwal was given liberty to move the trial court for regular bail, the petition is not maintainable.

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On May 28, a vacation bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan took note of the submissions of senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi chief minister, and said the Chief Justice of India could take the decision on the listing of the interim plea as the judgment has been reserved in the main matter.

Arvind Kejriwal has sought the extension of his interim bail by seven days to undergo a host of medical tests, including a PET-CT scan, for his "sudden and unexplained weight loss coupled with high ketone levels", which are indicative of kidney, serious cardiac ailments and even cancer.

Arvind Kejriwal, in his fresh plea filed on May 26, said he will surrender before jail authorities on June 9 instead of June 2, the scheduled date for his return to prison.

The Supreme Court had on May 10 granted 21-day interim bail to the chief minister, who was arrested in a money laundering case linked to the excise policy 'scam', to enable him to campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

It directed that Arvind Kejriwal surrender on June 2, a day after the last phase of the seven-phase poll ends.

The matter relates to the alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government's now-scrapped excise policy for 2021-22.

(With inputs from PTI)

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