ED opposes interim bail to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, says politicians can’t claim special status

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday opposed interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and said that politicians can claim no special status higher than that of an ordinary citizen.

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Updated9 May 2024, 06:24 PM IST
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently in judicial custody in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently in judicial custody in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.(HT_PRINT)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Thursday, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing interim bail for Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the Excise Policy Case, reported ANI.

Politicians are not entitled to any special status higher than that of an ordinary citizen and are as liable to be arrested and detained for committing offences as any other citizen, said the ED.

The probe agency further said that no principle justified giving preferential treatment to a politician for campaigning over a farmer or a businessman pursuing their livelihood.

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“Grant of interim bail merely for political campaigning would militate against and will be discriminatory to the rule of equality as work/business/profession or activity of every citizen is equally important to him or her,” reported ANI, quoting ED's affidavit.

On May 7, the apex court said that it did not want the Delhi Chief Minister to perform official duties if he was granted interim bail in the case.

However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who also appeared for the probe agency in the apex court, vehemently opposed showing any leniency to Kejriwal because of the Lok Sabha 2024 polls.

Also Read: SC tells Arvind Kejriwal: 'If granted interim bail, we don't want you to perform official duties' —10 key points

The apex court is likely to hear the matter next week.

The probe agency arrested Arvind Kejriwal on March 21 in the Delhi excise policy case. He is currently in judicial custody in Tihar Jail. 

On April 9, the Delhi High Court had dismissed Kejriwal's plea against his arrest. Subsequently, Kejriwal challenged the HC's judgement. 

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Kejriwal contended that his arrest after the announcement of Lok Sabha was “motivated by extraneous considerations”.

In addition to Kejriwal, former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha, and several others have been arrested by the federal agencies in this case.

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First Published:9 May 2024, 06:24 PM IST
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