Setback for Kejriwal: SC registry refuses urgent listing of plea seeking bail extension

The CM had requested an extension by seven days on medical grounds

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow | PTI

The Supreme Court Registry has refused the urgent listing request of  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea for the extension of his interim bail 

The Chief Minister, who is on bail in the money laundering case in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case, had requested an extension by seven days on medical grounds. He has maintained that he needed to undergo a host of medical tests, including a PET-CT scan, in view of his "sudden and unexplained weight loss coupled with high ketone levels", which are indicative of kidney, serious cardiac ailments and even cancer.

Refusing to accept the plea, the Supreme Court said the extension plea was not maintainable since Kejriwal was given the liberty to move the trial court for regular bail. The extension plea has no relation to the main petition since the verdict is reserved on the challenge to arrest. 

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned Kejriwal's application seeking an extension of interim bail before the Vacation Bench comprising Justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan on Tuesday. 

The chief minister, in his fresh plea filed on May 26, said he would surrender before jail authorities on June 9 instead of June 2, the scheduled date for his return to prison.

The top court had on May 10 granted 21-day interim bail to the chief minister, who was arrested in a money laundering case linked to the excise policy 'scam', to enable him to campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

(With PTI inputs)

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