Opposition leader granted bail


Opposition leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (pic) was granted bail by a city court in a graft case, his party and lawyers said, following national elections in which opposition groups fared better than expected.

India’s financialcrime fighting agency arrested Kejriwal in March in connection with corruption allegations relating to the national capital territory’s liquor policy - allegations he has denied.He was granted temporary bail by India’s top court in May to enable him to campaign for his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Kejriwal surrendered to prison authorities on June 2 as his temporary bail ended.

“Tomorrow morning, the process for bail will be completed and he will be released from prison,” Rishikesh Kumar, a member of Kejriwal’s legal team, said.

The AAP and leaders of the INDIA alliance have dismissed the graft allegations against Kejriwal, and said his arrest was an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to deny opposition groups a level playing field in the polls.

The government has denied the allegations. — Reuters

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