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Supreme Court Denies Urgent Hearing of Kejriwal’s Bail Extension Plea

Arvind Kejriwal (4)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court declined Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s plea for an extension of his interim bail, stating that it would bring the matter before Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud. 

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The AAP supremo had requested a seven-day extension on medical grounds as his current bail, granted to enable his campaigning during the Lok Sabha elections, is due to expire on June 1.

Kejriwal was released on interim bail on May 10 by the Supreme Court for his campaign activities. However, his  plea for an extension due to medical reasons was not entertained by the vacation bench of Justices JK Maheshwari and KV Vishwanathan.

Kejriwal’s lawyer, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, urged the bench to consider the matter urgently, stating the need for medical tests for the Chief Minister. However, the bench declined and suggested placing the matter before the Chief Justice.

Singhvi explained that the delay in filing the plea was due to recent medical tests conducted on Kejriwal, which necessitated the request for a short extension.

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In his plea, Kejriwal highlighted health concerns, attributing them partly to the conditions in jail. He emphasized the need for additional time for medical tests before surrendering.

Despite being granted interim bail for campaign purposes, Kejriwal stated that his time was limited, and he could only manage a basic health check-up at home by a senior physician.

According to his plea, further medical tests are required before surrendering for imprisonment, considering his health complications and increased risk indicators.

While the Supreme Court had granted interim bail until June 2, it prohibited Kejriwal from visiting his office or commenting on the case or interacting with witnesses during this period.

 

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