Excise policy case: No relief for Delhi CM Kejriwal, to stay in jail

In no relief for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the high court stayed his bail order in the excise policy case.

This means the AAP chief continues to stay in jail.

A vacation bench of Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain said the trial court failed to appreciate the material placed before it by the Enforcement Directorate and did not apply its mind while deciding the AAP leader’s bail plea.

The judge also said the trial court ought to have given adequate opportunity to the agency to argue its case.

“The trial court did not apply its mind. It did not appreciate facts provided by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The operation of the impugned order is stayed,” the bench said.

The trial court had granted bail to Kejriwal on June 20 and ordered his release on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh.

ED moved the high court the next day and contended that the trial court’s order was “perverse”, “one-sided” and “wrong-sided” and that the findings were based on irrelevant facts.

The excise policy was scrapped in 2022 after the Delhi lieutenant governor ordered a CBI probe into alleged irregularities and corruption involving its formulation and execution.

According to the CBI and the ED, irregularities were committed while modifying the excise policy and undue favours extended to the licence holders.

 


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