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Judge Arvind Kejriwal grants him provisional bail and orders him to appear in court on June 2.

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In the Delhi excise policy case, the Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until June 1 in light of the ongoing general elections. The court rejected the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) arguments that political leaders should not receive any “special treatment” in connection with their campaigning.

A panel of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said, “We are passing an order giving him interim bail till June 1,” hinting that a more thorough ruling will be made later in the day.

In the case, ED’s solicitor general Tushar Mehta and assistant solicitor general SV Raju protested to the temporary bail, arguing that everyone should get “equitable treatment.” However, the bench dismissed the protests. Law enforcement officials pleaded with the judge to place restrictions on Kejriwal, promising him not to discuss the excise policy matter while he was out on bond.

At this time, Kejriwal’s attorney, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, asked the bench to extend the temporary bail period till June 4, the day the Lok Sabha election results are announced. The plea was rejected by the bench.

Mehta stepped in and asked that the court order specify that he will turn himself in to the Tihar jail officials on June 2 and that the bail period would not be extended.

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Justice Khanna nodded and added, “He will surrender on June 2.” The bench then stood, signalling that when the court reconvenes after the summer holiday, in July, Kejriwal’s appeal contesting his detention by the ED on March 21 and the ensuing remand will be considered in full.

These events occur in the midst of the upcoming general election, when polls are expected to be held on June 1 in Punjab and May 25 in Delhi.

Affidavits against “special treatment” for political individuals because of the election were submitted on Thursday by ED. It said that granting bail for the purpose of conducting a poll would create a risky precedent that would erode equality before the law and the rule of law.

According to the agency, granting bail to politicians for the sake of campaigning would provide a loophole that would prevent any politician in a nation like India, where elections are an annual event, from ever being arrested or imprisoned.

In earlier sessions, the court hinted at the possibility of Kejriwal receiving temporary release in light of the election, but it voiced concerns about letting him carry out his chief ministerial responsibilities during that time, citing potential conflicts.

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The issue concerns claims of anomalies in the excise policy, which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) started looking into in July 2022 on the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi’s advice.

The third leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to be taken into jail in this matter is Arvind Kejriwal, who is now in judicial custody. Manish Sisodia, his former constable, has been incarcerated since February 2023. Sanjay Singh, an AAP Rajya Sabha member, was detained for six months before being granted release in April.

ED had argued that treating politicians differently from regular residents was a reason not to grant Kejriwal bail. Kejriwal’s dual role as the chief minister and the AAP convener during the elections was recognised by the court, which described it as a “extraordinary situation” deserving of consideration for interim relief.

Concerns were voiced by the court on the possible consequences of granting Kejriwal temporary release and enabling him to sign official documents. “We would prefer that you not carry out your official responsibilities. Conflict would result from it. It is your decision to continue serving as the chief minister, as you have done. That is not the problem we are addressing. However, however, appropriateness rather than legality is the concern. We oppose any meddling in the government’s operations. There would be a ripple effect, Singhvi was informed by the bench.

At first, Singhvi opposed to the suggested requirement, citing the political and democratic rights of his client. Later, he consented that if the Lieutenant Governor would not delay any government proposal by pointing to the lack of the chief minister’s signature, Kejriwal would not sign files during the bail time.

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Taking a swipe at the Western media, Jaishankar said, “The International Khan Market gang”

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In response to a query on how India is portrayed in Western media, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stated on Saturday that, similar to the “Khan Market Gang” in India, there is a “International Khan Market Gang” that operates on a worldwide scale.

“The metaphor of the ‘Khan Market Gang’ is a very excellent description of a certain thought process, or entitlement process, that exists in the country today. In an interview, Jaishankar stated, “I want to let you know that there is also an international Khan Market Gang.”

These individuals are somewhat connected, as it were, to the privileged individuals present. They feel at ease around them socially. They are familiar with them. They seem to promote similar points of view. They basically represent a left-liberal, elite way of thinking. Thus, the two have a symbiotic relationship,” he continued.

He went on to make a jab, saying that the “International Khan Market” provides support when the “domestic Khan Market”‘s sales are declining.

“When the sales are down in the domestic Khan Market, the International Khan Market gang feels like, I need to pep up these guys and give them support and you can actually see which stories they play up, how do they slant things and in previous elections perhaps even in this one they’ve actually openly endorsed parties and will openly endorse leaders and openly said that this party or this leader is bad for India,” said the foreign minister.

Jaishankar further claimed that there is an obvious attempt to sway Indian voters’ decisions and the course of Indian politics.

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There is an obvious attempt to sway Indian voters’ decisions and the course of Indian politics. Election season is when it peaks, but it doesn’t stop there,” he stated.

“What do you think all these ranks that you receive are? They are all attempts to undermine your confidence and your legitimacy, as well as to create the impression that there is something wrong with India since it will provide them with an outcome they don’t like.

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Cyclone Remal: At midnight on May 26, a powerful cyclonic cyclone will traverse the coast of Bengal.

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Cyclone Bad news The India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated on Friday that a depression in the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a strong cyclonic storm and make landfall somewhere between Sagar Island in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh around Sunday midnight.

When the landfall occurs, the meteorological authority predicts wind speeds of up to 100 to 120 km/h.

According to the IMD, the weather system may bring severe to extremely heavy rain to West Bengal’s coastal areas on May 26 and 27.

These are ten things you should know about Cyclone Remal.

  1. Currently, Cyclone Remal is located 810 km south of Canning (West Bengal) and 800 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh) over the central Bay of Bengal.
  2. By May 25th morning, Cyclone Remal is expected to centre into a cyclonic storm. It then moves almost due north, intensifying into a severe cyclonic storm by Saturday night.
  3. The North Indian Ocean is exceptionally warm, and sea surface temperatures of 30 to 31°C have the ability to intensify this cyclone, according to an IMD official.
  4. The official went on, “But monsoon winds have already arrived over the Peninsular region, and this system is still tied to that monsoon flow.”
  5. The Met Office has issued a warning for severe to extremely heavy rainfall in Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur, and Howrah districts on May 26 and 27, owing to the cyclone.
  6. Additionally, it has issued a warning about gusty winds that could reach speeds of 90 to 100 kmph in South 24 Parganas, 80 to 90 kmph in Purba Medinipur, and 60 to 70 kmph in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, and Howrah on these days.
  7. Beginning on May 25, light to moderate rain and thundershowers are also anticipated to lash north and south of Odisha due to the cyclone’s effects.
  8. Most of Mizoram, Tripura, and South Manipur are also expected to see light to moderate rainfall on May 26, while Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, andTripura are likely to see light to moderate rainfall on May 27 and 28.
  9. Fishermen in the north Bay of Bengal have been advised by the meteorological office not to go out until early on May 27.
  10. The IMD has also forecast that the cyclone won’t have a negative effect on the sixth round of voting in the Lok Sabha election on May 25.

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Lok Sabha polls: The nation votes tomorrow, intensifying the sixth phase struggle.

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The ongoing Lok Sabha polls are in their penultimate sixth phase, which begins on Saturday. As the election battle heats up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congressman Rahul Gandhi are leading their respective parties’ campaigns.

Rahul Gandhi’s Metro ride

Gandhi rode the Delhi Metro on Thursday and spoke with other riders. Gandhi posted images from the trip on the social networking site X.

“Delhiites take the metro. He posted a caption for the photo, saying, “I am happy to see that our initiative of building Metro in Delhi has proved so convenient for public transportation. I met fellow passengers and inquired about their well-being.”

Gandhi is also making a lot of appearances in Delhi to promote party candidate Kanhaiya Kumar. This Saturday is Delhi’s election day. On June 4, the results will be made public.

Sonia Gandhi calls for the triumph of the INDIA coalition

“This election is really significant. The nation’s democracy and Constitution are at stake in this election. The issues being fought in this election include attacks on constitutional institutions, inflation, and unemployment. She urged Delhi voters to support the candidates of the Congress and INDIA bloc alliance, saying, “You have to play your part in this fight.”

Gandhi emphasised the urgent concerns the Congress has been raising in its election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections by saying, “Every single vote of yours will create employment, reduce inflation, empower women and build an equitable and equal India in a golden future.”

Kharge: The United Opposition will provide a ten-year stable government

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In an interview with Sunetra Choudhury and Saubhadra Chatterji of HT, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge discusses the campaign of his party, the future of the INDIA bloc alliance, and the possibility of a regime change following the announcement of the results.

Government takes action to revoke Prajwal’s diplomatic pass

As Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah approached Prime Minister Modi a second time to expedite action in the matter, the external affairs ministry was on Thursday in the process of cancelling the diplomatic passport of MP Prajwal Revanna, the suspended Janata Dal (Secular) leader facing allegations of mass sexual abuse.

On Tuesday, the official letter from the Karnataka government cancelling Prajwal’s passport was received by the external affairs ministry, according to sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 33-year-old MP is presently in Germany and is being charged with rape, criminal intimidation, and sexual harassment following the discovery of thousands of films allegedly depicting him engaging in sexual actions with various women.

One of the individuals mentioned above stated, “This is being processed under the provisions of the Passports Act of 1967 and relevant regulations,” without providing any other information. How long it will take to cancel the passport was not immediately apparent.

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