Arvind Kejriwal Set for Release Today as Probe Agency Appeals His Bail

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At around 4 pm today, Atishi and other AAP leaders will head to Tihar Jail to accompany Mr. Kejriwal as he is released from prison.

Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party are set to welcome Arvind Kejriwal as he exits Tihar Jail today, following his bail approval in a corruption case related to the Delhi liquor policy. The Delhi Chief Minister was granted bail by a Delhi court after his lawyer contended that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had failed to provide evidence against him. The agency has since appealed the bail decision in the Delhi High Court.

Before Mr. Kejriwal’s release this evening, the Aam Aadmi Party will demonstrate unity by protesting against the water shortage in the national capital. Water Minister Atishi and Mr. Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal, will visit Raj Ghat today, where Atishi will begin an indefinite hunger strike.

Delhi is experiencing a heatwave with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius, exacerbated by a critical water shortage. The Delhi government has petitioned the Supreme Court, alleging that neighboring Haryana is obstructing the flow of water into the capital.

In her appeal, Atishi stated, “Delhi will continue to face a water shortage until Haryana releases water into the Yamuna. The Munak Canal is receiving minimal water, and the Wazirabad Barrage is getting none. Water from the Yamuna is treated and then supplied to Delhi’s residents. However, with no water in the Yamuna, the supply has been interrupted. I can only plead with the Haryana government to save the lives of Delhi’s citizens.”

At approximately 4 pm today, Atishi and other AAP leaders will head to Tihar Jail to accompany Mr. Kejriwal as he is released.

Mr. Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 on charges of money laundering related to the 2021-22 Delhi liquor policy, which was subsequently revoked following concerns raised by the Lieutenant Governor. The ED claims that the funds Mr. Kejriwal received from liquor vendors were utilized to finance the AAP’s campaign in Goa, given his role as the party’s convenor.

Mr. Kejriwal and the AAP have consistently asserted that the Centre is abusing its agencies to target the Opposition with fabricated cases.

Yesterday, the judge approved Mr. Kejriwal’s release on a personal bond of ₹1 lakh, with specific conditions attached. These included a prohibition against interfering with the investigation or attempting to influence witnesses.

The judge further instructed Kejriwal to attend court whenever summoned and to fully cooperate with the investigation.