Arvind Kejriwal Seeks 7-Day Extension of Interim Bail on Medical Grounds

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  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has petitioned the Supreme Court for a seven-day extension of his interim bail, citing pressing medical reasons.
  • Kejriwal in his plea, emphasized a significant weight loss of 7 kilograms since his arrest and raised concerns about his elevated ketone levels, indicating a potential serious health issue.
  • The interim bail, initially granted for a period of 21 days on May 10 by the Supreme Court, aimed to enable Kejriwal’s unrestricted participation in the Lok Sabha polls.
  • The case at hand revolves around grave allegations of corruption and money laundering concerning the formulation and execution of Delhi’s excise policy for the fiscal year 2021-22.
  • The petition awaits the Supreme Court’s deliberation, which holds significant implications for Kejriwal’s ongoing legal battle and his health management.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has petitioned the Supreme Court for a seven-day extension of his interim bail, citing pressing medical reasons. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, in his plea, emphasized a significant weight loss of 7 kilograms since his arrest and raised concerns about his elevated ketone levels, indicating a potential serious health issue. Kejriwal has requested the extension to undergo essential medical tests and receive appropriate medical care.

Atishi, a prominent Delhi minister and AAP leader, confirmed the submission of the petition, highlighting the critical nature of Kejriwal’s deteriorating health condition and the necessity for further medical examinations. The plea underscores the urgency of extending Kejriwal’s bail beyond its scheduled expiration on June 1 to facilitate the required medical procedures and ensure comprehensive healthcare management.

The interim bail, initially granted for a period of 21 days on May 10 by the Supreme Court, aimed to enable Kejriwal’s unrestricted participation in the Lok Sabha polls. However, certain restrictions were imposed, prohibiting him from accessing his office or signing official documents without the explicit approval of the lieutenant governor.

The case at hand revolves around grave allegations of corruption and money laundering concerning the formulation and execution of Delhi’s excise policy for the fiscal year 2021-22. Accusations suggest favoritism towards specific liquor traders, leading to cartelization and purportedly involving bribery. Despite vehement denials from the AAP regarding these allegations, the policy was ultimately annulled, and a Central Bureau of Investigation probe was recommended by Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena. Subsequently, the Enforcement Directorate initiated a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Kejriwal’s plea sheds light on the intricate intersection of legal and health concerns, emphasizing the pressing need to address both aspects in a timely and comprehensive manner. The petition awaits the Supreme Court’s deliberation, which holds significant implications for Kejriwal’s ongoing legal battle and his health management, underscoring the importance of ensuring his well-being amidst the rigors of judicial proceedings.

(With inputs from agencies)

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