Kejriwal to remain in jail, High Court has ruled that there is no bail

No bail for Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi High Court passed its verdict on the bail application. Hours later, the High Court canceled the earlier bail granted by the lower court. Kejriwal, who was granted bail by the lower court, was about to come out of Tihar Jail when the High Court canceled the bail.

In the lower court’s bail verdict, it was said that there was no prima facie case and there was no evidence against Kejriwal. Moreover, the lower court said that the court does not have time to read the charge sheet which is more than 1000 pages. Against this, the ED filed an urgent petition in the High Court to quash the bail order and the High Court ruled that Arvind Kejriwal should not be released from jail.

Now its full judgment has come. The High Court has stated that the lower court verdict is not in accordance with the law and Arvind Kejriwal does not have bail. Arvind Kejriwal will remain in jail after the Delhi High Court on Tuesday afternoon upheld the interim stay of the lower court that granted permanent bail to the Chief Minister in the alleged liquor policy case.

The high court, which argued that the lower court – Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court – “did not apply its mind” while granting bail, pointed out the lapses in the judgment. These include not giving sufficient time to the prosecution to argue the application and failure to properly discuss the provisions for release in the Anti-Money Laundering Act against Kejriwal. The main plea (in which the prosecution challenged Kejriwal’s bail order) required fair consideration…” the high court said.

The ED termed the lower court judgment as “perverse” and “flawed”. The ED argued in the High Court against the lower court that the investigating agency was not heard by the lower court and was not given an opportunity to submit evidence. This was accepted by the High Court. The High Court heard both sides and granted an interim stay on Kejriwal’s release until the judgment is delivered today. Meanwhile, Kejriwal approached the Supreme Court on Monday while this petition in the High Court was pending.

The Supreme Court also refused to grant emergency bail to the Delhi Chief Minister. The Supreme Court had told Kejriwal’s lawyer that there was no urgent matter in this case. The High Court pointed out that it was inappropriate to interfere when it was adjourned to pronounce its verdict. However, it admitted that the High Court’s actions were “extraordinary”; Justice Manoj Mishra said that orders are passed on the spot without reservation in stay matters.

On November 17, 2021, the Delhi government implemented a new liquor policy in the state. Under this, 32 zones have been created in the capital. A maximum of 27 shops were allowed to open in each zone. A total of 849 shops were to be opened. All the liquor shops in Delhi were privatized in the new liquor policy. Earlier, 60 per cent of the liquor shops in Delhi were government and 40 per cent private. With the implementation of the new policy, it became 100 percent private. As per Delhi’s new liquor policy, home delivery of liquor and shops to remain open till 3 am have been allowed. Licensees may also grant unlimited liquor concessions.

In connection with this, it is alleged that A. P. P. bought money from 800 liquor shops as bribe and used this amount in Punjab elections. 22 August 2022- In this case, the Enforcement Directorate also collected the information of the case from the CBI and registered a case under the Money Laundering Act.

September 12, 2022: Aam Aadmi Party’s communications chief Vijay Nair was arrested by the CBI. Then Aam Aadmi’s minister was arrested..Then Kejriwal was arrested and put in jail.