Supreme Court allows Delhi chief minister to leave custody until June 1, allowing him to campaign for elections.


India’s Supreme Court has ordered the temporary release on bail of jailed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a key opposition leader, which will allow him to campaign in the ongoing general elections.

In a decision issued on Friday, Supreme Court Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said Kejriwal could leave custody until June 1, the last day of voting in the seven-phase polls that started on April 19.

The court ordered Kejriwal, who was arrested in a corruption case in March, to surrender on June 2.

“No doubt, serious accusations have been made, but he has not been convicted,” their ruling said. “He does not have any criminal antecedents. He is not a threat to the society.”

The results of the world’s largest election are to be announced on June 4, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a third straight term after running a divisive campaign pitting his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against an alliance of 26 opposition parties, led by the Indian National Congress.

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