The Supreme Court registry has turned down Arvind Kejriwal’s request for a one-week extension of his bail.

On May 27, Kejriwal filed a plea seeking an extension of his interim bail to facilitate medical examinations.

The Supreme Court’s registry, on May 29, dismissed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for an expedited hearing to extend his interim bail by a week. According to the registry, as the Supreme Court has granted Kejriwal the freedom to approach the trial court for bail if needed, he can pursue that route. The registry emphasized that since Kejriwal’s main petition challenging his arrest is awaiting judgment, his request for an extension of interim bail is unrelated to the primary case. Kejriwal had submitted a new petition to the Supreme Court, seeking a seven-day extension of his interim bail on medical grounds. He had requested an urgent hearing of the plea on May 28 before a vacation bench of the Supreme Court.

The highest court had provided him with a 21-day temporary bail to participate in the Lok Sabha elections campaign. However, it barred him from accessing his office or the Delhi secretariat and from signing official documents unless absolutely necessary and with the lieutenant governor’s approval.

In his recent appeal, the chief minister sought a seven-day extension of his temporary parole citing health concerns, mentioning a weight loss of seven kilograms among other issues.

According to a statement from AAP, Kejriwal’s weight loss of seven kilograms and elevated ketone levels raised concerns about a potential serious illness.

The plea highlighted the necessity for the chief minister to undergo certain medical examinations, thus requesting an extension of his interim bail, which is set to expire on June 1.

However, on May 17, although a bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta reserved judgment on the plea, they granted Kejriwal the liberty to seek bail from the trial court if necessary.

It’s worth noting that when the court initially granted Kejriwal interim bail on May 10, it instructed him to surrender on June 2, dismissing his lawyers’ request to extend it until June 4.

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