Arvind Kejriwal news Highlights: No bail yet for Delhi CM, high court to pronounce verdict in 2-3 days

Arvind Kejriwal news Highlights: The Delhi High Court said it will pass the final order on the ED's stay application in two-three days. Till then, the trial court's order granting bail to Kejriwal will remain stayed.

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Updated21 Jun 2024, 07:44 PM IST
Arvind Kejriwal news LIVE: Delhi High Court halts Arvind Kejriwal's release
Arvind Kejriwal news LIVE: Delhi High Court halts Arvind Kejriwal’s release

Arvind Kejriwal news Highlights: The Delhi High Court will pronounce the final order in connection with the bail of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the next two-three days. Till then, the high court has stayed the trial court's June 20 order granting bail to Kejriwal. This means, there's no bail for Kejriwal yet.

The Delhi High Court was hearing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea,  challenging the trial court's bail order in a money laundering case linked to now-scrapped excise policy. 

Kejriwal, the AAP national convenor, was granted bail on June 20. The Rouse Avenue Court granted bail on a bail bond of 1 lakh. The court, however, imposed certain conditions on Kejriwal before granting him the relief – he should not try to hamper the investigation or influence the witnesses. 

The judge also directed Kejriwal to appear before the court whenever required and to cooperate with the investigation. The ED had on Friday challenged the order dated June 20, 2024, passed by Special Judge (Vacation Judge), Rouse Avenue District Courts that granted bail to Kejriwal.

Here are latest updates on Arvind Kejriwal's bail hearing news:

5:42 pm: Bail is not a relaxation, says BJP MP Manoj Tiwari

On Delhi High Court staying CM Arvind Kejriwal's bail order, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, "...The fight against corruption will continue. I have full faith in the court and the investigation agencies... AAP should learn to respect the court's decision... Bail is not a relaxation..."

On Delhi Minister Atishi sitting on an indefinite hunger strike over the water crisis, he says, "AAP leader and Delhi Minister Atishi is protesting against the water crisis. It was the duty of the Delhi government to provide water to the people. She is protesting against her own government..."

5:30 pm: Delhi HC to issue verdict on stay order by Monday or Tuesday

“After hearing both sides of the argument, the high court reserved its order and has asked the parties to give written submissions, if any, within the next two days. The court will give its verdict on the stay order by Monday or Tuesday,” said advocate and AAP Legal Cell head Sanjeev Nasiar

4:55 pm: No bail yet for Delhi CM!

Delhi High Court stayed he trial court order granting bail to Arvind Kejriwal. The court said it will pass order on the ED's stay application in two-three days and till then, the trial court order will remain stayed.

3:50 pm: 'ED is a sacred cow...,' says Delhi CM's lawyer

Taking potshots at the ED for opposing Kejriwal's bail, the Delhi CM's counsel remarked, "If my lords goes against me, I lose, and I am in jail. ED is a sacred cow that says how can anyone get bail under my nose? Not one paisa has been traced to me.

3:15 pm: Can trial court rely on SC order granting Kejriwal interim bail? What ED and Delhi CM said in court today

Advocate Singhvi, appearing for Kejriwal, said the Supreme Court “gave express liberty to the trial court to consider the bail application”. 

"The Court expressly said you can approach the trial court for bail. My question is if J Sharma's judgement was final as suggested by ED why this express liberty given by SC? Number two, if the illegal arrest proceedings can be mixed up with bail as the ED is doing then why did the SC make a distinction between go to bail and we are reserving order on illegal arrest?," Singhvi was quoted by Bar and Bench as saying.

Earlier, the ED's lawyer, while opposing Kejriwal's bail, had said the trial court relied on the SC order where Kejriwal was released on interim bail. “The SC itself said this order can't be relied upon. The SC said he can't go to the CM secretariat,” he added.

3:30 pm: Does a stay on bail mean cancellation of bail?

Kejriwal's lawyer said, "Stay is nothing but a cancellation of bail. The application is styled like Section 439(2). These two words are nothing but cancellation." He said, "I am on the basic point that bail grant and bail cancellation are two different things. Singhvi refers to judgements on the issue.

3:00 pm: ‘ED completely partisan,’ says Delhi CM's counsel

Advocate Singhvi, appearing for Kejriwal, said, " The ED is completely partisan. There is complete partisanship in every argument, every submission." He added, “This matter last for five hours. Nearly 3 hous 45 minutes were taken by Mr Raju and then trial judge is faulted because they don't repeat every comma and full stop.”

2:50 pm: No such finding that Kejriwal is guilty, says ED

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju: “There has to be finding that he is not guilty. There is no such finding... There cannot be a better case for cancellation of bail.”

2:45 pm: Kejriwal guilty of money laundering offence in 2 capacities, says ED

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju said the ED's case is that Kejriwal is guilty of money laundering offence in two capacities. “One is individual capacity where he personally demanded 100 crore and was part of the policy. His role shows generation of proceeds of crime. Second, he is vicariously liable because the AAP is guilty of offence of money laundering,” he added.

2:30 pm: ‘We have given direct evidence,’ says ED

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju preparing for the ED: “The order says ED failed to give direct evidence. We have given direct evidence. Statement of Magunta Reddy is there. You can decide against me, but don't give wrong facts...There is Direct evidence. The person says Kejriwal said give me 100 crore Rupees. This is proceeds of crime.”

2:15 pm: Court hearing resumes

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju refers to trial court order.

1.59 pm: Sunita Kejriwal on ED's plea against Arvind Kejriwal's bail, '…behaving as if he is a terrorist’

Even before Kejriwal's bail order was uploaded, ED reached HC; they are behaving as if he is a terrorist: Delhi CM's wife Sunita Kejriwal said as quoted by news agency PTI.

1.36 pm: Sunita Kejriwal reads out CM's message from jail

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's wife Sunita Kejriwal says, " Kejriwal says that 'when I see on tv, the way Delhi people are suffering due to water scarcity, it hurts me. I hope Atishi's 'tapasya' will succeed and Delhi people get relief. I wish all the best to Atishi, may God protect her'..."

1.30 pm: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Arvind Kejriwal's bail hearing

On Arvind Kejriwal's bail hearing, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari says, "Bail is a temporary process, not a relaxation. We have faith in the court. We are fighting against corruption. Our stand is zero tolerance against corruption...Court and investigation agencies are independent bodies..."

1.17 pm: ASG SV Raju for ED says that the trial court order is “perverse.”

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appearing for Enforcement Directorate calls the trial court order perverse and says proper opportunity has not been given to probe agency for argument before the trial court. He informed Delhi HC that the trial court says records are voluminous and passes the order. He further says that without going through documents filed by both sides and without giving the probe agency an opportunity, the matter is decided. Without going to documents how can you say it's relevant or not relevant, ASG Raju points out.

1.12 pm: ‘In the last 10 years…’, Jairam Ramesh criticizes Modi govt of misusing Central Investigation agencies

On Arvind Kejriwal & Hemant Soren, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh says, "...In last 10 years, Narendra Modi has grossly misused the Central investigation agencies like CBI, ED. These agencies must function in an unbiased manner..."

1.07 pm: Delhi HC begins hearing ED's plea challenging trial court order

Delhi High Court begins hearing on Enforcement Directorate plea challenging trial court order granting bail to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in liquor policy case

12.48 pm: ‘What is the HC hearing? Bail order of lower court has not been uploaded yet?’ questions AAP's Saurabh Bharadwaj

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj questioned the Delhi High Court's haste in hearing the ED petition. Speaking to ANI he said: “Never heard of such a thing before. The bail order of the lower court has not been uploaded yet, we also haven't received it. When the order itself hasn't come, what is the High Court hearing? With what ED approached the court? and on what basis is the Court saying they will hear the matter? What is ED challenging...BJP's central govt is taking this as personal enmity. This is not the way a central agency should be working.”

12.15 pm: ‘Law has no meaning for central government’ says AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj

Taking to X, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “The law has no meaning for the central government. When the order did not come, which order did the ED challenge in the High Court?”

12.01 pm: Sanjay Singh says slams PM Modi after Delhi HC puts on hold trial court order on Kejriwal's bail

AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making a mockery of the justice system after the Delhi High Court put on hold the trial court order granting bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the money laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam.

Taking to X, Singh said in a post in Hindi, "Look at the hooliganism of the Modi government, the trial court's order has not yet come, even a copy of the order has not been received, so Modi's ED reached the High Court to challenge which order? What is happening in this country?

"Modi ji, why are you making a mockery of the justice system? The whole country is watching you?" the AAP MP said.

10.30 am: Delhi HC agreed to take up ED plea

Delhi High Court agreed to take up the ED plea seeking urgent hearing on its appeal challenging trial court order granting bail to Kejriwal.

10: am: ED moved Delhi High Court

ED on June 21 has moved the Delhi High Court in order to challenge the bail granted to CM Arvind Kejriwal.

 

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