Excise scam: Delhi High Court lists ED's plea against bail to Arvind Kejriwal in money-laundering case for July 15 : The Tribune India

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Excise scam: Delhi High Court lists ED's plea against bail to Arvind Kejriwal in money-laundering case for July 15

The high court had earlier stayed the trial court's June 20 order by which Kejriwal was granted bail in the case

Excise scam: Delhi High Court lists ED's plea against bail to Arvind Kejriwal in money-laundering case for July 15

Arvind Kejriwal in custody. PTI file



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New Delhi, July 10

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday listed for July 15 the Enforcement Directorate's plea challenging bail granted to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the money-laundering case stemming from the alleged excise scam.

The high court had earlier stayed the trial court's June 20 order by which Kejriwal was granted bail in the case.

Justice Neena Bansal Krishna, who was scheduled to hear the plea, was informed by the counsel for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that they were served with Kejriwal's reply to their petition only on Tuesday night and the agency requires some time to file a rejoinder.

While the probe agency's lawyer submitted that the copy of the reply was served to them at 11 pm on Tuesday, Kejriwal's counsel maintained that it was served to the investigating officer (IO) of the case at 1 pm.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, mentioned the matter before the court, saying a specific time be fixed for the hearing as there is extreme urgency in the case.

However, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the ED, submitted that the agency was served with the reply copy of Kejriwal only on Tuesday night and they need some time to go through the response and file their rejoinder to it.

He contended that the documents are supposed to be served to the advocate appearing in the case and not the IO.

Opposing the agency's argument, Kejriwal's lawyer urged the court to hear the matter during the day itself and alleged that the ED wanted to prolong the case.

The court, however, said it is not disputed that the ED was served with the reply copy on Tuesday and the agency was entitled to file a rejoinder to it. The court granted time to the ED to file its rejoinder and listed the matter for hearing on July 15. 

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