Arvind Kejriwal’s Bail Plea Rejected, Delhi HC Imposes Fine of 75,000

New Delhi, 22 April 2024: The Delhi High Court has dismissed a public interest petition seeking extraordinary interim bail for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in pending criminal cases. The court imposed a fine of 75,000 rupees on the petitioner while rejecting the plea, stating that such bail cannot be granted in ongoing criminal cases.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed criminal cases against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others, leading to the petition for extraordinary interim bail. The court dismissed the plea and highlighted that no one is currently under arrest based on judicial orders.

The petition raised concerns about Kejriwal’s safety in Tihar Jail, citing examples of Atik Ahmed and Tillu Tajpuriya. In response to the petition, the bench headed by the Acting Chief Justice stated that extraordinary interim bail cannot be granted to individuals holding high office in pending criminal cases. The court emphasized that the law applies equally to all individuals and that the matter is being challenged in the Supreme Court.

The Delhi High Court’s decision to reject Arvind Kejriwal’s bail plea and impose a fine on the petitioner underscores the legal principles governing interim bail in criminal cases. As the Chief Minister faces legal challenges, the court’s ruling reaffirms the equal application of the law to all individuals, regardless of their position. The matter now awaits further legal proceedings in the higher courts.