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Opposition Leader Reincarcerated Following Conclusion of Voting Period in India

Published On Mon, 03 Jun 2024
Ishita Bansal
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The Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, surrendered to authorities on Sunday, June 2, as the temporary bail granted by the country's highest court in a corruption case expired, according to officials from his party. Kejriwal, known for his outspoken opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was arrested by the federal financial crime-fighting agency in March on charges related to alleged corruption in the allocation of liquor licenses. He has consistently denied these allegations.
Last month, the Supreme Court granted Kejriwal bail until June 1, the final day of India's nationwide seven-phase elections, with the condition that he return to pre-trial detention on June 2. "I was granted a 21-day reprieve by the Supreme Court. These 21 days were memorable," he remarked before returning to jail. "I didn't waste a single minute. I campaigned to safeguard the country."
Kejriwal's rallies have been seen as providing new momentum to opposition parties that have formed a coalition to challenge Modi's ruling party. The results of the national elections are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday.
Kejriwal, a former senior tax official who received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for his leadership in a right-to-information movement and his efforts to combat corruption, founded one of India's newest parties more than a decade ago on an anti-corruption platform, quickly propelling it to national prominence.
Disclaimer. This image is taken from Reuters.
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