Arvind Kejriwal To Stay In Jail; Supreme Court Defers Hearing On Plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred hearing on Arvind Kejriwal’s plea against the Delhi High Court’s interim stay on his bail granted by a trial court. The matter will now be heard on June 26. A vacation bench of Justices Manoj Misra and SVN Bhatti said it would like to wait for the pronouncement of the High Court order on the issue, Hindustan Times reported.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has challenged the trial court’s order granting bail to Kejriwal in the Delhi High Court.

Last week, the Delhi High Court stayed the implementation of the lower court’s order till it pronounces its verdict.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Arvind Kejriwal, argued why can’t the Delhi chief minister stay free till the HC decides on the ED’s plea. He said the CM has a bail order in his favour and he is not a flight risk. ASG SV Raju, representing the ED, told the Supreme Court that the HC order would come in a day or two.

The Supreme Court observed that if it passed an order today, it would be pre-judging the issue. “It is not a subordinate court, it is a high court,” it added.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener, who was arrested by the ED on March 21, would have walked out of the Tihar jail on Friday had the HC not granted the interim stay to the agency.

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