Delhi High Court issues notice to CBI on Arvind Kejriwal's bail plea in excise policy case Latest News India


The Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the bail plea filed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the excise policy case.

Delhi Chief Minister and his leader Arvind Kejriwal being produced before a court by CBI officials in connection with a money laundering case related to the Delhi Liquor Policy, New Delhi, Saturday, June 29, 2024.  (PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister and his leader Arvind Kejriwal being produced before a court by CBI officials in connection with a money laundering case related to the Delhi Liquor Policy, New Delhi, Saturday, June 29, 2024. (PTI)

Initially, the high court agreed with the CBI's contention that Kejriwal should have approached the city court first. However, the bench later chose to consider the merits of Kejriwal's direct appeal to the High Court during arguments.

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Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, said the AAP leader is not a flight risk and is not a terrorist and was arrested by the CBI after he got bail in the ED money laundering case.

Justice Neena Bansalkrishna in her order said, “The notice is accepted. The petitioner has directly approached the High Court, this contention will be considered during arguments.”

The court listed it for further hearing on July 17.

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The AAP supremo has already challenged his arrest in the CBI case and the plea is pending in the High Court.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the CBI from Tihar Jail, where he is in judicial custody in connection with a money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Earlier, Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 and granted bail by a trial court on June 20 in a money laundering case. However, the High Court stayed the order.

On Wednesday, the trial court extended Kejriwal's judicial custody till July 12 in the money laundering case filed by the ED.

The court also reserved its order on the plea filed by the AAP leader for the presence of his wife during the consultation with the medical board constituted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

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