Delhi High Court Dismisses PIL Requesting 'Extraordinary Interim Bail' for CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi High Court dismissed a PIL seeking 'extraordinary interim bail' for CM Kejriwal, currently in judicial custody in an excise scam case. The court imposed a cost of ₹75,000, emphasizing the principle of equality before the law.

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Delhi High Court Dismisses PIL Requesting 'Extraordinary Interim Bail' for CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi High Court Dismisses PIL Requesting 'Extraordinary Interim Bail' for CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) requesting 'extraordinary interim bail' for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is currently in judicial custody in a money laundering case related to the alleged excise scam. The court imposed a cost of Rs 75,000 on the petitioner, a law student who filed the PIL on behalf of 'We the People of India'.

The Division Bench, presided over by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora, observed that the petition lacked merit as it was devoid of substantiated claims and lacked the necessary authorization from Kejriwal to file such a PIL. The court emphasized that Kejriwal is presently under judicial custody in accordance with a court directive, rendering any PIL petition challenging this measure non-maintainable.

Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, representing Kejriwal, contested the plea, terming it an 'ambush' and 'publicity litigation'. Mehra argued that the PIL was filed purely for publicity and that three such pleas have already been dismissed.

The court also highlighted that previous similar petitions had been dismissed, with the last one incurring costs of Rs 50,000. The court noted that the law is above every person in the country and that it is Kejriwal's personal call to decide what needs to be done.

Why this matters: The dismissal of the PIL requesting 'extraordinary interim bail' for Kejriwal underscores the principle of equality before the law, regardless of the position held by an individual. It also highlights the importance of following proper legal procedures and the court's unwillingness to entertain frivolous petitions that lack merit or standing.

Kejriwal, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21 in connection with the alleged excise policy scam, is currently lodged in Tihar Jail. His judicial custody has been extended till April 23 by a Delhi court. The case pertains to alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government's excise policy for 2021-22, which was later scrapped after the Delhi Lieutenant Governor sought a CBI probe into the policy alleging irregularities.

Key Takeaways

  • Delhi HC dismissed PIL seeking 'extraordinary interim bail' for CM Kejriwal.
  • Court imposed a cost of Rs 75,000 on the petitioner, a law student.
  • Petition lacked merit and necessary authorization from Kejriwal to file PIL.
  • Kejriwal is currently in judicial custody in a money laundering case.
  • Court emphasized the principle of equality before the law, regardless of position.