No interim relief for Arvind Kejriwal, Supreme Court to take up matter likely on May 9

Kejriwal had approached the Supreme Court seeking bail and challenging his arrest by the ED in the alleged excise policy scam case. His legal team argued for interim relief, citing his constitutional duties as the elected Chief Minister of Delhi.

In a setback for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court on Monday decided not to grant interim relief in the excise policy case, where he was recently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The apex court is likely to take up the matter on May 9 for a detailed hearing.

Kejriwal had approached the Supreme Court seeking bail and challenging his arrest by the ED in the alleged excise policy scam case. His legal team argued for interim relief, citing his constitutional duties as the elected Chief Minister of Delhi.

However, the Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, declined to grant any interim relief at this stage. The court observed that it would be appropriate to hear the matter in detail before considering any interim orders.

The Delhi Chief Minister was arrested by the ED on April 28 after being subjected to lengthy questioning over several days. The agency has alleged that Kejriwal was involved in alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

Kejriwal’s arrest has sparked a political controversy, with his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accusing the BJP-led central government of pursuing a “vendetta” against its leaders. The AAP has claimed that the charges against Kejriwal are baseless and politically motivated.

On the other hand, the ED has maintained that it has gathered substantial evidence against the Delhi Chief Minister and that the investigation is being conducted impartially and without any political motives.

The Supreme Court’s decision to not grant interim relief to Kejriwal has further intensified the political slugfest between the AAP and the BJP. As the matter is likely to be taken up on May 9, both parties are expected to present their arguments vigorously in the apex court.