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Arvind Kejriwal Leaves Jail After 50 Days, Election Gamechanger, Says AAP

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was released from jail on Friday evening (File).

New Delhi:

Arvind Kejriwal was released from Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Friday evening – 50 days after he was jailed on corruption charges linked to an alleged liquor policy scam and hours after the Supreme Court granted a released on bail until June 1. The Aam Aadmi Party chief’s release means he can now campaign. for AAP and INDIA bloc, in the ongoing elections, in which all seven Delhi seats will vote on May 25.

As he emerged from Gate No. 4 of Tihar Jail, Mr. Kejriwal was greeted by a crowd of AAP workers waving flags and shouting slogans, along with his wife Sunita Kejriwal and senior leaders like Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj, who became the public faces of the party while the Chief Minister was in jail.

Mr Bhardwaj said Arvind Kejriwal’s release would be a “game changer” in favor of the INDIA bloc.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was also present.

“Thank you to all the judges…”

In his first public comments after his release from prison, Mr Kejriwal thanked “all the judges of the highest court” and, with an eye on the Delhi elections on May 25, called on voters to “‘save the country from the dictatorship”.

“I want to thank you all… you have given me your blessings. I want to thank the judges of the Supreme Court, it is thanks to them that I am before you. We must save the country from dictatorship. ..”

Mr Kejriwal also attributed his release to Lord Hanuman and said he was planning to visit the Hanuman temple at Connaught Place in Delhi on Saturday morning.

He will be out on bail until June 1, the final phase of voting for the seven-stage elections. He must surrender by June 2. The court rejected requests to extend his bail, but said it would hear arguments for a bail extension next week.

Arvind Kejriwal bail hearing

The court had heard Mr. Kejriwal’s arguments challenging his arrest, when he put the cat among the pigeons by noting that he would also hear arguments in favor of the AAP leader’s release on bail.

Highlighting Mr Kejriwal’s position as the elected chief minister, a bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta said: “There are elections (and) these are extraordinary circumstances, and it is not not a repeat offender. This is a matter of public interest. “

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Today, while granting bail to Mr Kejriwal, the court reiterated this point, observing that the AAP boss, as a chief minister and leader of a national party, poses no threat.

“…serious charges were brought but he was not convicted. He has no criminal history…” said the court, which also rejected arguments about the release period.

“21 days will not make any difference… for one and a half years he was there… he could have been arrested before or after (the elections) also,” the Supreme Court said.

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At a key juncture earlier this week, the court – which had heard a petition by Mr Kejriwal challenging his arrest on March 21 – said investigating agencies could not “selectively choose” between material that testified to the innocence of an individual and those who could confirm his guilt.

“You deprive a person of his right to life,” the court said, also questioning the arresting agency, the Enforcement Directorate, for a period of two years. “It’s not good for any agency to say it takes two years to find out…now when will the trial start?”

ED opposed Kejriwal’s bail

On Thursday, the ED, which had objected to the bail, filed an affidavit stating its objections.

The agency – criticized for allegedly acting at the behest of the ruling BJP to target and harass its political rivals ahead of elections – said no politician could claim “special status” above that of an ordinary citizen and that he was just as likely to be arrested and detained. for having committed offenses like any other citizen.

READ | ‘No fundamental right to campaign’: ED opposes Kejriwal’s bail

There is no “fundamental” right that would grant Arvind Kejriwal the right to be released on bail for campaigning, the ED argued.

The agency also pointed out that no political leader had ever been released on bail for campaigning and said releasing Mr. Kejriwal from jail to canvass for his party’s candidates would set a bad precedent.

‘Mastermind of scam will be back in jail,’ says BJP

The BJP, meanwhile, sought to dampen the opposition’s joy over Mr Kejriwal’s release, pointing out that he would only be released for a short period and will have to return to jail.

READ | ‘Scam Mastermind will be back in jail’: BJP on Kejriwal’s release

Alleged Delhi liquor policy scam

The ED claims that the (now scrapped) liquor policy created by the AAP government allowed it to receive bribes for granting licenses, which amounted to Rs 100 crore which were used to finance his electoral campaigns. The AAP and Mr Kejriwal have strongly denied the accusations and accused the BJP of leveling false accusations to discredit the party and its leaders ahead of the elections.

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