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Arvind Kejriwal released from Tihar Jail after 50 days, says '140 crore people have to fight dictatorship'

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been given relief by the Supreme Court for 21 days in the money laundering case related to the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam for campaigning amid peak election season as Lok Sabha polls are underway in the country.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 10, 2024 23:50 IST
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses supporters
Image Source : PTI Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses supporters outside Tihar Jail after the Supreme Court (SC) granted him interim bail in a money laundering case, amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, in New Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal gets bail: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was released from Tihar Jail on Friday after the Supreme Court granted him interim bail in the liquor scam policy case till June 1. The Chief Minister has been given relief by the top court for campaigning in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections and will have to surrender before the law enforcement authorities on June 2. Several conditions have been imposed by the Supreme Court on Kejriwal till the time he remains out of the jail.

After his release from the jail, Kejriwal addressed a mass gathering of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters and said that the 140 crore people of the country will have to fight together against dictatorship.

"I said I will come out soon, now I have arrived. Crores of people from across India sent their blessings. I want to thank the judges of the Supreme Court because of whom I am with you all now," Kejriwal told his supporters after walking out of the prison.

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Image Source : PTIDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he was released from Tihar Jail.

"We all have to come together to save the country... 140 crore people have to fight together against dictatorship. We will meet at the Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place at 11 am on Saturday, before holding a press conference at the party office at 1 pm I thank you all," Kejriwal said.

As Kejriwal was released, his wife Sunita received him outside the Tihar jail amid a sea of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters, who had gathered there to welcome the party's convenor. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was also present outside the Tihar jail to receive Delhi CM. 

The Delhi Chief Minister was accorded a grand welcome at his residence with garlands and emotional family members. 

Granting interim relief to the Delhi Chief Minister, the top court said that he will not visit his office or the Secretariat. In its order granting him interim bail, the apex court said CM Kejriwal will not sign official files unless it is required and necessary for obtaining clearance/approval of the Lt Governor of Delhi.

"He will not make any comment with regard to his role in the present case, and he will not interact with any of the witnesses and/or have access to any official files connected with the case," said a bench, headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

The bench, also comprising Justice Dipankar Datta, said that the grant of interim relief should not be treated as an expression of opinion on the merits of the case or the criminal appeal which is pending before the apex court.

After furnishing a Rs.50,000 bail bond with a surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the Jail Superintendent, CM Kejriwal would be released on interim bail in the excise policy case till June 1. As per the SC order, the AAP supremo is required to surrender to jail authorities on June 2.

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