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SC indicates it may grant interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal in view of LS elections

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta told Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the ED, to come prepared for a hearing on May 7.

kejriwalNEW DELHI: Big indication by the Supreme Court, as it had on Friday said that it might consider granting interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in the Delhi excise policy case in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

The two-judge apex court bench, led by Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta, made this indication while hearing the argument and submissions from Abhishek Manu Singhvi for Kejriwal and S V Raju for the Enforcement Directorate.

The apex court, however, made it clear that it had not yet decided anything finally, as to give interim bail or not to him. It said that it was only informing the lawyers appearing for all the parties that if such a form of interim relief may be considered if the hearing is unlikely to conclude soon.

While asking both the parties — ED and Kejriwal — to be considerate enough, the court orally observed that this case may take a lot of time, so then we can might considerate grating interim bail at this stage, keeping in view the Lok Sabha elections.

The apex court fixed the matter for further hearing to May 7.

Claiming innocence in the case, Singhvi said that there are certain safeguards provided under the PMLA to prevent unjustified arrests. The ED is expected to act impartially and fairly, but in this case, this is far from truth.

A day after his plea was rejected by the Delhi High Court on April 9, Kejriwal had on April 10 moved the Supreme Court against the dismissal of plea of his arrest and remand in the Delhi excise policy case. His appeal challenging the rejection of arrest and remand, would be heard on Monday by the bench, led by Justice Khanna.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is the probe agency in the Delhi excise policy case, has submitted a reply to the apex court saying that the accused, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had desperately tried to save himself not to appear before it, by allegedly evading the issuance of 9 summons.

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