NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has scheduled the hearing of Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s bail plea in a money laundering case related to the alleged excise scam for June 19. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) requested additional time to submit their response, prompting Additional Sessions Judge Mukesh Kumar to adjourn the matter.
Concurrently, the judge set a hearing for Saturday to address Kejriwal’s application seeking permission for his wife to participate via video conference in the proceedings of the medical board established to assess his health condition and treatment.The judge instructed the relevant jail authorities to provide a response to this matter.
“Application has been moved by the accused seeking directions to allow his wife to join medical board. Before passing any order I deem it appropriate to call for reply from jail superintendent concerned. The application be kept for tomorrow,” the judge said.
During the proceedings, the ED requested an adjournment until June 25. However, the judge emphasized that he would prioritize the accused’s convenience over the probe agency’s when determining the next hearing date.
“The accused is in judicial custody (JC), and not in your (ED’s) custody. If he wants some convenience, you do not have any role in that. You have no role to play. He is in JC. I will consider his convenience, not yours,” the judge said.
On June 5, a Delhi court had rejected Kejriwal’s application for interim bail on medical grounds in the case. Nevertheless, the judge had instructed the Tihar jail authorities to attend to Kejriwal’s medical needs while he remains in judicial custody. The judge had also extended Kejriwal’s judicial custody until June 19.