Delhi excise policy case: Kejriwal did not get relief from SC, will wait for High Court's decision

The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing on a plea challenging the Delhi High Court's stay on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's bail till June 26. The decision comes as the Supreme Court awaits the High Court's final verdict on the Enforcement Directorate's plea challenging Kejriwal's bail in the Delhi excise policy case. The Supreme Court took note of the “unusual” manner in which the High Court handled the case, and highlighted that the High Court reserved its order instead of delivering the verdict on the same day.

The Supreme Court stressed that it will not commit the same alleged “mistake” by staying the High Court's decision without issuing a final order. “We will wait for the Delhi High Court to pronounce its final order on the ED's plea challenging the bail granted to Arvind Kejriwal,” the court said. Despite expressing concerns over the conduct of the High Court's proceedings, their decision reflects the Court's approach to ensure due process is followed. The next hearing is scheduled for June 26, where the Supreme Court's decision will depend on the High Court's decision in the interim.

Advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Supreme Court, requested to lift the High Court's stay on the bail order in the ED case related to the alleged excise scam. The Supreme Court told Abhishek Singhvi that if the apex court passes any order on Chief Minister Kejriwal's petition against the High Court's stay order, it would be a decision given without consideration.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court on Friday put an interim stay on the lower court's order granting bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the money laundering case related to the alleged excise scam. The High Court has issued a notice to Kejriwal and sought a reply on the petition of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which challenges the lower court's June 20 order under which he was granted bail.

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