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Arvind Kejriwal News Highlights: Kejriwal has been in judicial custody since his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21.
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Arvind Kejriwal News Highlights: The Supreme Court is hearing Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal's bail petition on Tuesday after the court expressed that it is open to consider interim bail for AAP supremo owing to the polls. The top court urged the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to come prepared for the hearing noting that “We may grant or we may not grant. But we must be open to you as neither side should be taken by surprise."...Read More

Kejriwal has been in judicial custody in Tihar Jail since his arrest on March 21. The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on April 15 concerning Kejriwal's plea and sought their response. On April 9, the high court upheld his arrest, citing his repeated refusal to join the investigation and attend summonses.

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

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May 7, 2024 7:54 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal LIVE: Delhi BJP President Virendraa Sachdeva on SC reserving decision

Delhi BJP President Virendraa Sachdeva said on SC reserving decision, "Everyone should accept the verdict of the Court. It's the speciality of our democracy that the most dreaded criminals are given chance to put forth their side. I think the investigating agency is doing its job, the matter is sub-judice so whatever decision the court takes we will accept that..."

May 7, 2024 7:30 PM IST

ICYMI: Delhi court extends Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody till May 20 in excise policy case

On Tuesday, a Delhi court extended the judicial custody of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until May 20 in connection with the money laundering case related to the defunct excise policy. Kejriwal appeared before the court through video conferencing as his previous custody expired. Special Judge Kaveri Baweja, overseeing cases involving the CBI and ED, also extended the judicial custody of co-accused Chanpreet Singh until May 20.

May 7, 2024 6:29 PM IST

Congress leader Pawan Khera on SC reserving verdict on Kejriwal's bail plea

Congress leader Pawan Khera on SC reserving verdict on Kejriwal's bail plea, said, "We hope Arvind Kejriwal gets justice. There should be a level playing field, on the eve of elections, when you arrest your rivals it shows you are against a level playing field .."

May 7, 2024 5:26 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal News LIVE: What happened in court today? A recap

  • Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta, did not issue an order on granting interim bail to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
  • Kejriwal faces allegations of money laundering related to the alleged Delhi excise scam.
  • Bench reserved its decision after hearing arguments from Abhishek Singhvi representing Kejriwal and S V Raju from the Enforcement Directorate.
  • Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed granting interim bail to Kejriwal, arguing against special treatment for politicians during elections.
  • The court divided the hearing into two parts: challenging Kejriwal's arrest and the issue of interim bail during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. The verdict on interim bail is reserved.
May 7, 2024 5:04 PM IST

Supreme Court likely to hear plea on May 9 or next week, report reveals

During the hearing, a bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta stated that it would issue an order regarding interim bail but adjourned without doing so. The Supreme Court is expected to resume hearing the case either on Thursday or the following week, ANI reported.

May 7, 2024 4:27 PM IST

ICYMI: Arvind Kejriwal in fresh trouble: Why is Delhi L-G seeking NIA probe? What is ‘Khalistani funding’ charge?

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has recommended an NIA probe against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly receiving funding from pro-Khalistani outfits, delivering another blow to the incarcerated AAP leader during the general elections. Saxena forwarded a complaint from Ashoo Mongia to the Ministry of Home Affairs, urging for a thorough investigation into the allegations against the Delhi chief minister and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The complaint, received from Mongia, the national general secretary of the World Hindu Federation, India, alleges that AAP received substantial funding from extremist Khalistani groups, including the banned 'Sikhs for Justice', as per the L-G secretariat's letter to the Union home ministry.

May 7, 2024 4:09 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal News LIVE: CPI (Communist Party of India) leader D Raja on NIA probe on Delhi CM

CPI (Communist Party of India) leader D Raja on NIA probe on Kejriwal said, "This has raised several questions. L-G has recommended NIA probe against Arvind Kejriwal on the basis of a complaint he received from World Hindu Federation India. What is this World Hindu Federation India? What is its credibility and authority? How does L-G believe it and immediately propose a NIA probe? These are all political issues and L-G is acting politically."

May 7, 2024 3:53 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal News LIVE: What did the ED say in SC?

On Tuesday, May 7, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed the Supreme Court's proposal to grant interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was arrested in a money laundering case related to the excise policy, during the Lok Sabha elections. The ED contended that such an action would establish an improper precedent, asserting that a politician does not have a greater entitlement to bail than an ordinary citizen in criminal proceedings. Additionally, the ED questioned whether all MPs facing charges would then be released on bail, highlighting approximately 5,000 pending cases involving MPs nationwide.

May 7, 2024 3:19 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal News LIVE: NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) leader Clyde Crasto on Kejriwal's judicial custody extention

NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) leader Clyde Crasto speaking on Kejriwal's judicial custody extention said, “It is not surprising that there is an extension of the jail time for Arvind Kejriwal, because somewhere, right from the beginning, we have been saying that just because he has been speaking against the BJP, there is a plan to muzzle his voice. The elections are going on, a leader like him which is very important for the INDIA alliance... if he is in jail, it is obviously going to help the BJP.”

May 7, 2024 3:04 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal News LIVE: Delhi BJP criticise AAP regarding NIA probe suggested by LG; stage protests

On Tuesday, Delhi BJP leaders and workers staged a protest near the Aam Aadmi Party headquarters at DDU Marg regarding the NIA probe recommended by Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena into alleged funding received by the party from the banned terrorist organization 'Sikhs For Justice'. The protesters, chanting slogans against AAP and its convener, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, were halted by police at a barricade.

May 7, 2024 2:49 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal News LIVE: BJP leader Dinesh Sharma on Kejriwal's bail blea

BJP leader Dinesh Sharma on Kerjiwal's bail hearing by Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court said, “I believe without any thorough investigation, the court cannot take any decision. The court is making a decision after hearing both parties. Some have not got bail for even 1.5 years now, this clearly means that the produced evidence contains some kind of information which the court is considering.”

May 7, 2024 2:43 PM IST

No interim order issued on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's bail; hearing end

No interim order has been issued yet on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's bail for now in the excise policy ED case. The matter is likely to be heard later. The Supreme Court hasn't set a date yet.

May 7, 2024 2:24 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal won't sign filed but Delhi LG should not reject decisions

Abhishek Singhvi tells SC: Arvind Kejriwal won't sign files but Delhi LG should not reject decisions just because files were not signed by the chief minister, reports PTI. 

May 7, 2024 2:12 PM IST

Delhi Court extends till May 20 the judicial custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Court extends till May 20 the judicial custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the money laundering case related to the alleged liquor policy scam.

Special judge Kaveri Baweja passed the order.

May 7, 2024 2:05 PM IST

The Bench has reconvened. The hearing has resumed

The Bench has reconvened. The hearing has resumed.

May 7, 2024 1:57 PM IST

If you perform official duties, then it will be conflict of interest, says SC to Kejriwal

If you perform official duties, then it will be conflict of interest and we don't want that: SC to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

May 7, 2024 1:44 PM IST

Kejriwal elected CM of Delhi, general elections held once in 5 years: Justice Khanna

Justice Khanna points out that Kejriwal is the elected Chief Minister of Delhi and that he is not a habitual criminal. He asserts that these are “extraordinary circumstances” and that general elections are held once in 5 years. Registering his protest, SG Mehta says – “What example are we setting? Are other people less important than the CM....Are we carving out exceptions for politicians? Would campaigning for elections be more important?”. He says there are 5000-odd MPs and MLAs in jail and that the message must not go that all are equal but some are more equal. Justice Khanna says – “We certainly do not want criminal politicians to be treated separately”.

May 7, 2024 1:27 PM IST

Is the CM a hardened criminal or a terrorist? Kejriwal’s lawyer says

Appearing for the Delhi CM, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi says – “Is the CM a hardened criminal or a terrorist? By giving interim bail, would the Court enhance the threat to society? If I do not give a reply to the summons, does it become a basis for my arrest?

May 7, 2024 1:10 PM IST

SG Mehta urges SC not to treat politicians as a different class for granting bail.

SG Mehta urges SC not to treat politicians as a different class for granting bail. The court said it would continue hearing the case at 2 pm today. ED will resume its arguments on the merit of the case.

May 7, 2024 1:02 PM IST

Kejriwal will not deal with any excise policy scam related files, if granted interim bail

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tells SC he will not deal with any excise policy scam related files, if granted interim bail.

May 7, 2024 1:01 PM IST

If bail is granted, there should be no interference in the working of the government: Justice Khanna

Outlining the conditions the Court will consider imposing if the Delhi CM is granted bail, the judge says – “We do not want any interference in the working of the government in any way”, Justice Khanna says. “We thought or are considering giving you interim bail because of elections. Otherwise, we would have heard arguments, reserved the judgment and pronounced it after vacations” Justice Datta tells Kejriwal’s lawyer.

May 7, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Narrative is being built successfully that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has not done anything, says ED

Narrative is being built successfully that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has not done anything but was arrested just before polls: ED to SC.

May 7, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Singhvi assures Court that Kejriwal will not sign any files if LG doesn't insist

Supreme Court says if Arvind Kejriwal is released on interim bail and allowed perform official duties, it may have cascading effects. His counsel assures Court that Kejriwal will not sign any files if LG doesn't insist

May 7, 2024 12:53 PM IST

Kejriwal won't be performing official duties if released, says SC

Supreme Court tells Kejriwal’s lawyer that if it gives interim bail to Kejriwal it doesn’t want him to be performing official duties as somewhere it will lead to conflict. We do not want interference at all in the working of the government. Supreme Court says if elections were not there then it would not have given any interim relief.

May 7, 2024 12:51 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal would not have been arrested had he cooperated in investigationL: ED

Arvind Kejriwal would not have been arrested had he cooperated in investigation, evaded nine summons: ED to SC

May 7, 2024 12:41 PM IST

Singhvi cites Kejriwal's democratic rights to participate in the LS polls

SC has asked Kejriwal's lawyer AM Singhvi to respond to ED's objections. Singhvi cites clean antecedents of Kejriwal and his democratic rights to participate in the LS polls

May 7, 2024 12:37 PM IST

While granting interim bail, we examine whether there will be any misuse, says Justice Khanna

Responding to the contention, Justice Khanna says – “While granting interim bail, we examine whether there will be any misuse or if the person is a hardened criminal. That is not the case here.”

May 7, 2024 12:32 PM IST

Interim bail to Kejriwal will send a wrong message

SG Mehta urges the Court to not make any exception for the Delhi CM. He says that interim bail to Kejriwal will send a wrong message to the common man. He points out that the Delhi CM evaded summons nine times in six months.

May 7, 2024 12:30 PM IST

‘We are examining whether person should be arrested or not,’ says SC

Court noted it was not examining the question of discharge but whether the person should be arrested or not. Replying to it, Raju said, requirement for discharge is also a presumption that he is guilty of offence.

May 7, 2024 12:29 PM IST

Will hear arguments on interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal as he is elected leader, says SC

Will hear arguments on interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal as he is elected leader, needs to campaign for LS polls: SC to ED

May 7, 2024 12:28 PM IST

can't ignore there are general elections, says SC

Supreme Court said, “We can't ignore there are general elections being conducted. It's an extraordinary situation." 

May 7, 2024 12:21 PM IST

ED counters SC's suggestion to let Arvind Kejriwal come out on interim bail

ED counters SC's suggestion to let Arvind Kejriwal come out on interim bail during the Lok Sabha elections. ED says it would set a wrong precedent, adding a politician has no better right than an ordinary citizen in matters of criminal prosecution. 

May 7, 2024 12:16 PM IST

SC questioned the ED on the time taken to probe the case

It questioned the ED on the time taken to probe the case and noted that the agency has taken two years to unearth something The bench also asked why relevant direct questions were not put to witnesses and accused in the case. Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the ED, said initially Kejriwal was not the focus of the investigation in the case and his role became clear at later stage. He said Kejriwal had stayed in a seven-star hotel during the 2022 Goa Assembly polls and part of the bills were allegedly paid by the Delhi government's general administration department.

May 7, 2024 12:00 PM IST

SC questions ED over delay in probe, asks for case files before Kejriwal's arrest

The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over the "delay" in its probe into the excise policy-linked money laundering case involving Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and asked the agency to produce case files before the arrest of the AAP leader. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta also asked the ED to produce case files before and after the arrest of Delhi's former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is also an accused in the case. The bench is hearing arguments on Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest by the ED in the case.

May 7, 2024 11:47 AM IST

Give statement that implicate Kejriwal, SC to ED

Court asks for statements, on a piece of paper, which implicate Kejriwal.

May 7, 2024 11:33 AM IST

Enforcement Directorate (ED) tells Supreme Court that Arvind Kejriwal stayed at 7 star Grand Hyatt hotel during 2022 Goa Assembly election

Enforcement Directorate (ED) tells Supreme Court that Arvind Kejriwal stayed at 7 star Grand Hyatt hotel during 2022 Goa Assembly election and its bill was paid by Chanpreet Singh, who allegedly accepted cash funds for AAP’s campaign. ED tells Supreme Court that it is not a politically motivated case. “We are not concerned with politics, we are concerned with evidence and we have it,” Additional Solicitor General SV Rahi, appearing for ED says. At the nascent stage Arvind Kejriwal was not the focus and ED was not looking at that, but his role became clearer only when the investigation progressed, ED says.

May 7, 2024 11:25 AM IST

Kejriwal's name came up at later stage: ED to SC

Initially Arvind Kejriwal was not focus of investigation in Delhi excise policy scam case, his role became clear at later stage: ED to SC.

May 7, 2024 11:16 AM IST

How did ₹100 crore of bribe money suddenly become ₹1100 crore? SC asks ED

Referring to this contention, the Court asks how 100 crore of bribe money suddenly becomes 1100 crore. ‘That is a phenomenal rate of returns,’ Justice Khanna tells ASG SV Raju. ASG SV Raju says the initial statements did not have Kejriwal’s name as the probe at the time was not on him.

May 7, 2024 11:16 AM IST

SC tells ED that it wants to view the case files maintained by the agency

ASG Raju says that the ED did not have any reason to blame anybody at that time and thus could not have straightaway put the question of kickbacks to the co-accused persons during questioning. Justice Khanna says – “f you don’t put the question, then it is your issue.”

May 7, 2024 11:11 AM IST

SC seeks Delhi excise policy scam case files from ED

SC also seeks Delhi excise policy scam case files from Enforcement Directorate before arrest of CM Arvind Kejriwal.

May 7, 2024 11:10 AM IST

Delhi CM's name came up only as the probe progressed

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju pointed out Arvind Kejriwal was not the focus of the case when the investigations began, his name came up only as the probe progressed.

May 7, 2024 10:58 AM IST

On April 9, the Delhi High Court had upheld Kejriwal's arrest

On April 9, the Delhi High Court had upheld Kejriwal's arrest, saying there was no illegality and the ED was left with "little option" after he skipped repeated summonses and refused to join the investigation. The case relates to alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government's now-scrapped excise policy for 2021-22.

May 7, 2024 10:56 AM IST

Bench led by Justice Sanjiv Khanna is hearing the case

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju, appearing for ED, produced a note on digital evidence citing that cash transactions for 100 crores transferred by hawala routes for spending in other states. Replying to it, Justice Khanna pointed out complaint is by ED and not CBI. Justice Khanna also questioned 100 crore was proceeds of crime.. how did it become 1,100 cores in 2 or 3 years.. that will be a phenomenal rate of return!

May 7, 2024 10:53 AM IST

Rouse Avenue Court extends judicial custody of Manish Sisodia till May 15

Meanwhile, Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi extends judicial custody of former Deputy Chief minister of Delhi and AAP leader Manish Sisodia till May 15 in CBI case related to Excise Policy case. Court also fixes May 15 for further arguments on framing of charges in the case.

May 7, 2024 10:49 AM IST

ED is taking the court through statements of witnesses

ED is taking the court through statements of witnesses in the case linked alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government's now-scrapped liquor excise policy for 2021-22.

May 7, 2024 10:47 AM IST

May grant interim bail to Kejriwal due to polls, what SC said earlier?

The Supreme Court on Friday said it may consider granting interim bail to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in view of the ongoing elections and asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to take instructions by Tuesday on the conditions of bail to be imposed and suggest ways in which Kejriwal could continue to sign off on official files while in custody. Read more

May 7, 2024 10:43 AM IST

ED spills out facts to oppose bail to Kejriwal

ED spells out incriminating facts in the case to oppose any relief to Kejriwal

May 7, 2024 10:42 AM IST

SC starts hearing Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's bail plea

SC starts hearing Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's bail plea

May 7, 2024 10:41 AM IST

Sunita Kejriwal says Delhi CM jailed before the elections to "stifle" his voice

Arvind Kejriwal's wife Sunita on Sunday alleged he was jailed before the elections to "stifle" his voice as she urged people to vote against "dictatorship" when the national capital goes to polls later this month. Sunita held her third roadshow in the national capital in south Delhi in support of AAP candidate Sahiram Pahalwan on Sunday.

May 7, 2024 10:32 AM IST

Can Kejriwal sign files considering his position as the chief minister?

The court had also asked the ED to consider whether Kejriwal should be signing any files considering his position as the chief minister.

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