Excise policy case: Delhi court grants bail to CM Kejriwal, rejects ED's plea

Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi

New Delhi, Jun 20: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail on Thursday in a money laundering case linked to a now-scrapped excise policy.

"Accused is admitted to bail in the sum of Rs 1 lac ," stated Special Judge Niyay Bindu.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) requested the court to grant the agency 48 hours to accept the bail bonds to allow time for challenging the order in a higher court. However, Special Judge Bindu clarified that there was no stay on the bail order.

The court also mentioned that Arvind Kejriwal's counsel could apply for the bail bond before the concerned judge the following day.

Earlier in the day, the judge had reserved the order after hearing the matter for two days. During the hearings, the ED attempted to link Kejriwal to the alleged proceeds of crime and co-accused, while the defense argued that the prosecution lacked evidence against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader.

Kejriwal's lawyer contended that the ED's case was based solely on statements from individuals who had turned approver in the case.

"The statements are from people who have confessed to being guilty. They are not saints. These are individuals who, after being arrested, were promised bail and pardon. Some were not even arrested," Kejriwal's lawyer argued earlier today, after which the court reserved its order and later announced the bail around 8 pm.

"The circumstances must be intrinsically linked to establish guilt. These statements from tainted individuals discredit the prosecution's case. There is no evidence that Rs 100 crore came from the 'South Group'. These are just statements without evidence," the chief minister's lawyer said, referring to the ED's allegations involving a lobby from Telangana that purportedly conspired to obtain liquor licenses in the national capital.

Vacation Judge Niyay Bindu of the Rouse Avenue Court had earlier extended Kejriwal's judicial custody in the excise policy case after hearing arguments at length on his regular bail plea. The judge also addressed CM Kejriwal’s application to allow his wife Sunita Kejriwal to be present during his medical examination, awaiting a report from Tihar Jail on the matter.

During the bail arguments, senior advocate Vikram Chaudhary, representing CM Kejriwal, had contended that the case against him relied on statements from individuals who were allegedly promised bail for supporting the ED's case. He had also questioned the credibility of these witnesses and suggested their statements were made under duress after failing to obtain bail.

Chaudhary also cited the timing of CM Kejriwal's arrest before the Lok Sabha elections, suggesting it was politically motivated. He argued that there was no material evidence or money trail against CM Kejriwal, describing the investigation as "the biggest instrument of oppression."

Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, representing the ED, argued that CM Kejriwal was liable not only in his personal capacity but also as the head of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), alleging he had demanded a bribe of Rs 100 crore. Raju emphasized that the credibility of the statements could only be assessed during the trial, not at the bail stage, and that inducements given to the approvers were lawful and necessary for obtaining evidence.

(With inputs from IANS)




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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    Kejriwal is not a Feku ...

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  • Suresh, Kinnigoli

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    Mini Darshan

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    another tamacha on the face of blue j pig kingpins who control ED...

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  • Pinthaam, Mangloor

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    Finally a sane judge delivered a fair judgement.......hope he will get justice soon from a hoax trial. This case is similar to Trump cases!!!

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  • Ayes p., Kudla/ksa

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    Bjp misusing central agencies to their opponents for their benefit. Bjp put him in a jail thru ED to gain Delhi Lokasabha seats. How can arrest one based on individual's statememt without any evidance.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Good decision by trial Court.....it was wrong to arrest Kejriwal without proper proof in first place ....What proof ED has ???....Statement of a Plea bargained accused / approver ???....If ED keeps an accused in their Custody ,,,,Accused will say anything to be released ,,,,Forget about Kejriwal being mastermind of taking 100 Crore....he may even say Kejriwal was responsible for Sita Devis abduction to Lanka as well....What low caliber BJPeee supporters we have in this forum !!!!....Tak...Takk...

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    There cannot be smoke without fire. That kejriwal has links with khalistan militants of Canada is well known. Kejriwal is no saint. Kejriwal should face the consequences for his misdeeds. After all, he is a chameleon in politician's clothes.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    It is time to clearly differentiate those that are with us or against us as George Bush Jr said so. I am a big fan of both Jr and Sr Bush. Sr Bush was intelligent from CIA perspective and Jr Bush is competency par excellence as far as CIA. Oh are we still talking about Kejriwal?

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Arvind kejriwal is powerful and dangerous. He can subvert law. His case should be brought to conclusion at the earliest.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Using prisoner’s verbal accusation without evidence to arrest an innocent is BJP’s way of giving clean chit to that prisoner and arresting the innocent. This is BJP’s subverting law.

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  • Anjappar, Damaskatte

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Yogi, Mangalore you can approach Yogi Adityanatha Swamy Bulldozers but it is not UP! it is capital of India.

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Something tell you Something is fishy. Smell the Fish. Think this Bail Order will be Challenged by the ED.. Why were Kavitha snd Manis Sissi somebody denied Bail thus far then will remain a Mystery.... Temporary relief think for a Certified Tihari Chor..

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  • Anjappar, Damaskatte

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    This is the time for think about Yedyurappa will be granted bail or Jail??

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    Yaddi has done " Beti Ruladiya", and not Bachaliya.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    He informed his people to throw chappl at him to get sympathy .Dada avasta ma

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  • fd, chk

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    mystery is how they lost all 7 seats !!!!!better ban liqro so delhi all are healthy

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Very well informed and logical decision by the court. How can ED arrest a person without evidence but only by some person’s verbal statement. Most of these are arrested criminals who have been compromised in exchange for bail or release from prison to accuse and make fake charges to arrest people like Kejriwal and Sidodia. Sisodia too needs similar justice soon.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    It could not have been denied for long.... for obvious reasons 😔

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  • Rocky, Udupi

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    BJP's planned strategy worked in Delhi by winning seven seats. After all Kejriwal is B team of BJP to keep away Congress from Delhi. Earlier no one match to dethrone Late Sheila Dixit who succeded thrice without any interruption. Played a game with Kejriwala and allies to stage protest against Delhi Govt as one of corrupted govt which succeeded the most on latter stage. By throwing Kejriwala and team into prison some percentage of sympathy vote gone towards AAP and some percentage to Congress. Vote share divided which benefitted BJP at large. It's called a chankya neethi...who with whom in politics.

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    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Kejriwal is with God, and the NDA has two crutches, one from Bihar and the other from Andhra.

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  • Nagaraj, Udupi-Saralabettu

    Fri, Jun 21 2024

    Is it any chance to tell anything different rather than two crutches. Kelee kelee saku aaithu. NDA is now in third term. Failures are celebrating without any particular reason.

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