Delhi Liquor Scam / Delhi CM Kejriwal gets bail, big relief from Rouse Avenue Court

Vikrant Shekhawat : Jun 20, 2024, 09:50 PM
Delhi Liquor Scam: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has got regular bail from the court in the money laundering case related to the liquor scam. Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court has granted bail on a bond of Rs 1 lakh. Earlier, the court had granted him interim bail to campaign in the Lok Sabha elections. However, after this he had to go to jail again. ED (Enforcement Directorate) has sought 48 hours to oppose the regular bail of CM A

rvind Kejriwal. On this, vacation judge of Rouse Avenue Court Nyay Bindu has said that there will be no stay on the order. After this decision of the court, CM Kejriwal can come out of Tihar Jail on Friday on a bond of Rs 1 lakh. Now ED can approach the higher court in this matter.

Kejriwal can come out tomorrow

Earlier on June 19, the court had rejected Arvind Kejriwal's regular bail plea. After the hearing, Rouse Avenue Court had extended Arvind Kejriwal's custody till July 3. However, today on Thursday 20 June, the court gave relief to Kejriwal and granted bail on a bond of 1 lakh. According to the information, Kejriwal can come out of Tihar Jail on Friday.

Bail after hearing the arguments of both the sides

According to the information, Special Judge Nyay Bindu also rejected the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in which it was requested to stay the bail order of Arvind Kejriwal for 48 hours. The judge gave this order after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and defense on the application filed by Kejriwal for regular bail.

What did AAP say?

After Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal got bail, there is a wave of happiness among the Aam Aadmi Party leaders. Delhi government minister Atishi tweeted on X after Kejriwal got bail and wrote that Satyamev Jayate. It is believed that Kejriwal can come out of jail soon.

Truth can be troubled, not defeated

Aam Aadmi Party is very happy with this decision of the court. The party has said in its post on social media platform X, Truth can be troubled, not defeated. Rejecting all the objections of BJP's ED, the honourable court has granted bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi government minister Atishi has posted a photo of CM Arvind Kejriwal with the caption 'Satyamev Jayate' in a post.

What happened in the case and when

On 17 November 2021, the Delhi government implemented the new liquor policy. Under this, the capital was divided into 32 zones. It was decided to open 27 shops in each zone. 849 liquor shops were to be opened in Delhi. In this policy, liquor shops were privatized instead of government contracts. The Delhi government's argument behind this was that there would be a profit of Rs 3500 crore.

The Delhi government also increased the license fee of the liquor shop. Under this, earlier one had to pay Rs 25 lakh to obtain the L-1 license. After the implementation of the new policy, contractors had to pay five crore rupees for it. Similarly, the license fees of other categories were also increased more than necessary.

Allegation of huge reduction in revenue

Meanwhile, the Kejriwal government was accused that the new liquor policy caused a huge reduction in revenue. In this case, the ED had sent the first summons to the Chief Minister of Delhi on November 2 last year. ED alleged in its charge sheet that when the liquor policy was being prepared, Kejriwal was in contact with the accused in this case.

ED claimed that in this case, the statement of BRS leader K. Kavitha's accountant Buchi Babu was recorded. He has stated that there was already talk about a relationship between Kavitha, Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. Dinesh Arora, arrested in this case, had told ED that he had met Kejriwal at his residence.

ED had arrested him on 21 March

ED, which is investigating the money laundering case related to the liquor scam, had arrested Kejriwal from his house on 21 March. Before this, Kejriwal was issued summons 9 times. After the arrest, Kejriwal was in ED custody for several days. After this, the court sent him to judicial custody. Meanwhile, he got interim bail for the Lok Sabha election campaign. On completion of its period, he surrendered on 2 June. Currently, he is lodged in Tihar Jail.