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SC says it may consider granting interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal in view of Lok Sabha elections

The Supreme Court on Friday said it may consider granting interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), in view of the Lok Sabha polls.

The apex court noted that the hearing may not be over on the next date too and said that it may in that case consider the question of interim bail.

The bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta was hearing Kejriwal’s petition challenging his arrest in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam case.

“It does appear we will not be able to complete today. So keep it on Tuesday morning itself… If it’s going to take time, does appear it’s going to take time, we may then consider the question of interim bail because of the elections. We may hear you on that because of the elections. Let’s be very clear on that,” Justice Khanna told Additional Solicitor General S V Raju who appeared for the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Meanwhile ASG Raju referred to the interim bail granted to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh and said, “Look at the statements he is making.”

Justice Khanna asked Raju to also take instructions on what conditions should be put in place in case it decides to grant interim bail, Indian Express reported.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the top court on Friday that the last summons had come to him on March 16 making it clear that he was neither a suspect nor an accused till that date. He asked, “What changed drastically (when he was arrested on March 21)?”

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