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SC grants interim bail to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal till June 1

The Supreme Court Friday granted interim bail until June 1 to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who was arrested on March 21 by the Enforcement Directorate concerning the alleged excise policy scam.

Justice Sanjiv Khanna, presiding over a two-judge bench with Justice Dipankar Datta, said orally, “We are passing an order giving him interim release till June 1, 2024.” The top court added that it will upload its order.

“Power to grant interim bail is commonly exercised in a number of cases. Interim bail is granted in the facts of each case. This case is not an exception,” the order said on Friday.

“We have to save the country from dictatorship, I will fight with all my might but need the support of 140 crore people,” he told the media after walking out of the Tihar Jail after spending 50 days in judicial custody.

Kejriwal has been asked to surrender to the prison authorities by June 2. The apex court also directed him not to visit the chief minister’s office or the Delhi secretariat, and not to sign any official files unless his signature is needed for them to be cleared by the lieutenant governor.

“Our country is more than 4,000 years old. It’s a great country but whenever anyone has tried to be dictatorial in the country, people haven’t let them win. Today, the country is going through this dictatorial rule and is fighting against it but 140 crore will have to come together to fight it. I appeal to everyone to fight this together,” he added.

Delhi education minister Atishi said that the Supreme Court has protected democracy by granting Kejriwal interim bail to campaign during the Lok Sabha elections.

“Today we have a government in the Centre [BJP] that wants to finish the Opposition, the Constitution and democracy,” Atishi said. “But this dictatorship will end in these elections.” The minister also urged the voters to use their vote to end the dictatorship of the BJP.

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