SC grants interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal till June 1

Arvind Kejriwal.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until 1 June so that he could campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, following his arrest in an excise policy case on 21 March.

Arvind Kejriwal’s legal team objected to an affidavit filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposing his interim bail in the Supreme Court.

They lodged a formal complaint with the Supreme Court’s registry, criticising the ED’s affidavit for disregarding legal procedures. The affidavit was submitted without the Supreme Court’s approval and was issued just before the court’s final decision scheduled for Friday.

In its latest affidavit, the Enforcement Directorate argued that the right to campaign in an election is neither a fundamental nor a constitutional right. The agency asserted that granting interim bail to Kejriwal would contradict established legal principles and violate the rule of law, which is a fundamental aspect of the Constitution.

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