Delhi Court to hear Kejriwal’s bail petition on June 19

ED sought time till June 25 for the next hearing, but was dismissed
AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal
AAP National Convenor Arvind KejriwalPhoto | X @AamAadmiParty

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday set June 19 as the date to hear the bail plea of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a money laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam.

Additional Sessions Judge Mukesh Kumar postponed the matter following the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) request for more time to file their response.

The judge also scheduled for Saturday the hearing of an application by Kejriwal, requesting that his wife be allowed to join via video conference the proceedings of the medical board assessing his health condition and treatment. He instructed the relevant jail authorities to provide a response to this request.

“Application has been moved by the accused seeking directions to allow his wife to join medical board. Before passing any order, I deem it appropriate to call for reply from jail superintendent concerned. The application be kept for tomorrow,” the judge stated.

During the session, the ED requested the court to adjourn the matter until June 25. However, Judge Kumar emphasized that he would prioritize the accused’s convenience over the probe agency’s. “The accused is in judicial custody (JC), and not in your (ED’s) custody. If he wants some convenience, you do not have any role in that. You have no role to play. He is in JC. I will consider his convenience, not yours,” he asserted.

Previously, on June 5, a Delhi court denied Kejriwal’s application for interim bail on medical grounds. The judge directed Tihar jail authorities to ensure Kejriwal’s medical needs are met while he remains in judicial custody. Additionally, the judge extended Mr. Kejriwal’s judicial custody until June 19.

“Since the health concerns of the accused must be addressed immediately, the Medical Board of AIIMS, which was directed to be constituted vide order dated April 22, 2024, of this court, is hereby directed to be revived and/or re-constituted, if deemed fit by the Director, AIIMS, New Delhi, having regard to the nature of ailments the applicant is stated to be suffering from,” the judge had said.

The medical board shall, besides complying with the earlier order dated April 22, also examine the applicant and prescribe such diagnostic tests as deemed appropriate within three days, he had said.

“The jail authorities shall ensure that the prescribed recommended tests/evaluations of the applicant are conducted without any delay. Upon receipt of the test reports, the medical board shall prescribe the further necessary treatment as may be required and the jail authorities shall ensure that the treatment so prescribed by the medical board is provided to the applicant forthwith under intimation to this court,” the judge had said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener surrendered at Tihar jail on June 2 as the tenure of his interim bail granted by the Supreme Court expired. The top court had on May 10 granted 21-day interim bail to the chief minister, allowing him to campaign during the Lok Sabha polls. It had directed him to surrender on June 2, a day after the last phase of the seven-phase poll.

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