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ED Calls Delhi Court's Order 'Perverse', Seeks Cancelation Of Arvind Kejriwal's Bail In Liquor Policy Case

Nishtha Anushree

Jun 21, 2024, 01:54 PM | Updated 01:54 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday (21 June) sought the cancelation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's bail granted by the Rouse Avenue Court in the liquor policy case.

Representing ED, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S V Raju argued in Delhi High Court that the Rouse Avenue Court did not grant the opportunity to the central investigative agency to present the merits of the case.

"In the impugned order, the court doesn't hear us. It says records are voluminous. And passes the order. You don't hear us. You don't look at the reply saying it's bulky. There can't be a more perverse order than this," Raju said.

He highlighted that the ECIR (Enforcement Case Information Report, equivalent of an FIR) was registered in August, so there was no question of material being available in July and there is no case of mala fide.

"We showed material but nothing considered. There are two ways when bail can be canceled. If relevant facts are not considered and irrelevant facts considered," Raju said asserting grounds for cancellation of bail.

"I am saying look at the soundness of the order. Could have granted bail but not in this manner. Totally perverse order," the ASG said alleging that the statements of bribe-givers that Kejriwal demanded Rs 100 crore was not considered.

The court will now take the matter after lunch. A stay on Kejriwal's bail order has already been put until the conclusion of the hearing in the Delhi High Court.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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