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Court blocks Kejriwal’s release from prison

By AFP
June 22, 2024
New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. — AFP/File
New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. — AFP/File

NEW DELHI: An Indian court stopped on Friday the release from jail of one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s chief opponents, a day after he was granted bail in a long-running corruption case, reports said.

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and the leader of the opposition Aam Aadmi party, denies the charges as a “political conspiracy” by Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He was released from detention to campaign partway through India´s weeks-long general election but returned to jail after voting ended this month. A trial court ordered his release late on Thursday, but before he could walk out of jail on Friday the country´s top economic crimes investigative agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), appealed to the Delhi High Court.

It suspended his release until it could decide on the appeal, local media reported.

The decision could come in “two-three days”, legal news portal Live Law posted on social media platform X.

Kejriwal is one of several opposition leaders in India under criminal investigation over various corruption-related probes, which Modi´s opponents say are being used by the premier to weaken any potential challengers.

The 55-year-old has been chief minister of Delhi, the region which includes the capital New Delhi, for nearly a decade.