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HC’s big comment on ED’s action, said…on ED’s intention…

Pratik Mehta

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The Delhi High Court has stayed the bail granted to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the trial court. Therefore, Arvind Kejriwal will have to stay in Tihar Jail for now. The trial court had granted bail to Arvind Kejriwal on June 20. The central investigation agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) had approached the High Court against this. Along with this, a demand was also made to stay his release. Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain’s bench found many errors in the decision given by the trial court. Therefore, while giving the verdict on June 21, the bench which had imposed an interim stay has refused to grant bail. This time the court has made an important comment about the ED.

While granting bail to Kejriwal, the lower court had said that the ED, the central agency conducting the criminal investigation in the case, is biased. The ED had raised the matter before the High Court, objecting to the decision of the trial court. Justice Jain has mentioned this in his decision. He said, ‘The most important thing is that the ASG has cited paragraph 27 of the trial court’s decision. Where the judge has spoken of the malicious intent of the ED. But, the bench of the court (High Court) believes that the ED has no wrong motive. The High Court also gave the opinion that the trial court should not say anything against the decision of the High Court.

Noting that trial court judge Bindu did not give adequate opportunity to the ED and did not peruse the documents, the high court said, “The observation of the trial court that excessive material cannot be considered is totally inappropriate. The high court judge also said that he did not exercise discretion on the material.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 in a money laundering case related to the liquor scam. The Supreme Court granted him 21 days bail during the Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal surrendered on June 2 and had to go back to jail. He had filed two petitions before the trial court seeking interim bail on medical grounds and regular bail. After getting a setback from the High Court, the Aam Aadmi Party is once again preparing to go to the Supreme Court.

Pratik Mehta

Pratik Mehta

I am Pratik Mehta, a passionate business news writer dedicated to covering economic trends, market analysis, and corporate developments.

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