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Supreme Court Reopens After Summer Vacation; Important Judgments in the Pipeline

Supreme Court’s Verdict on Kejriwal’s Arrest and Minority Status of Aligarh Muslim University Among Key Judgments

The Supreme Court of India has resumed its sessions after a month-and-a-half-long summer recess, with several critical judgments expected in the coming weeks.

The Court, which had closed for summer holidays on May 20, reopened on Monday, July 8. Among the key verdicts to be delivered is the ruling on the legality of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Delhi Excise Policy case. This judgment will be handed down by a bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta.

Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 in a money-laundering case related to alleged corruption in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22, which has since been scrapped. The Supreme Court had granted him interim bail from May 10 to June 1 to allow him to campaign in the Lok Sabha elections, but ordered him to surrender on June 2.

Kejriwal’s petition challenges his arrest under Section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), arguing that the “reasons to arrest” provided were insufficient and not supported by the evidence obtained. Section 19 of the PMLA allows the central agency to arrest a person if it has “reasons to believe” that the person is guilty of money laundering.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, contended that the evidence cited by the ED to justify Kejriwal’s arrest was already available during the investigation into a related case involving another individual, and no new evidence had emerged specifically against Kejriwal. Singhvi also highlighted the significant delay in arresting Kejriwal, despite the investigation having been ongoing for more than 1.5 years.

Another highly anticipated judgment concerns the petitions regarding the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University. These and other crucial rulings will shape the legal landscape in the coming weeks as the Supreme Court resumes its activities.

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