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Supreme Court defers order in Arvind Kejriwal’s interim bail plea

The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred its order in Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s interim bail plea. The court is likely to hear the matter day after tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the apex court said that if it grants interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal, he cannot function as the chief minister as it will have “cascading effect” on other issues.

“We are on the issue of propriety today, not on legality. We do not want anything to affect the functioning of the government,” the top court noted.

“I cannot be fettered that I will not perform my constitutional role as Chief Minister,” Kejriwal told top court adding that he “will not sign on anything related to excise policy.”

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has opposed Kejriwal’s interim bail plea, saying that it will “demoralise common man” and that “campaigning was a luxury”. It also flagged that Kejriwal had evaded the its summons in the excise policy case on nine occasions.

The probe agency added that allegations show his “involvement”, and that the bail application must be before a trial court and not the Supreme Court.

The top court, on its part, noted that it has given “interim bail even in heinous crimes”. It expressed concerns over the delay in the probe into the case, and has demanded that the agency present the case files that led to the arrest of Delhi CM.

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