SC bars Kejriwal from entering CM office, Secretariat on interim bail

The court also directed Kejriwal to furnish bail bonds in the sum of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal
File photo of Arvind Kejriwal


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal cannot visit his office or the Delhi Secretariat during the tenure of his interim bail, the Supreme Court said on Friday as it imposed a slew of restrictions on him as part of his interim bail conditions.

It asked Kejriwal to not sign any official file unless absolutely necessary to obtain the lieutenant-governor's sanction during the 21-day interim bail period.

Imposing a raft of bail conditions on the embattled Aam Aadmi Party leader, a bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said, "He shall not visit the Office of the Chief Minister and the Delhi Secretariat. He shall be bound by the statement made on his behalf that he shall not sign official files unless it is required and necessary for obtaining clearance/ approval of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi."

The bench also directed Kejriwal to furnish bail bonds in the sum of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the jail superintendent.

"He will not make any comment with regard to his role in the present case; and will not interact with any of the witnesses and/or have access to any official files connected with the case," the top court said.

The apex court, while granting Kejriwal the relief, said there was no doubt about the fact that serious accusations have been made against him, but he has not been convicted yet. "He does not have any criminal antecedents. He is not a threat to the society," the bench said.

In a major relief to Kejriwal, the top court granted him interim bail until 1 June to campaign in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, and said Kejriwal will have to surrender and go back to jail on 2 June.

The matter relates to alleged corruption and money laundering in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government's now scrapped excise policy for 2021-22.

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