Arvind Kejriwal Surrenders at Tihar Jail After Interim Bail Ends: Key Events and Reactions

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Arvind Kejriwal Surrenders at Tihar Jail After Interim Bail Ends

On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal surrendered at Tihar Jail following the conclusion of his 21-day interim bail, which had been granted by the Supreme Court to allow him to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. 

Supreme Court's Bail Decision

The Supreme Court had granted Kejriwal interim bail on May 10 in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam, with the requirement that he surrender by June 2. 

Kejriwal's Statement

Before surrendering, Kejriwal asserted, "I am going back to jail not because I was involved in corruption, but because I raised my voice against dictatorship."

Visits Before Surrender

Kejriwal paid respects at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Raj Ghat and visited the Hanuman temple in Connaught Place.

Criticism from BJP

BJP leader Manoj Tiwari criticized Kejriwal, calling him the "villain of Delhi." Tiwari pointed out the ongoing water crisis in the city, attributing it to Kejriwal’s lack of action. He remarked, "If he had followed Mahatma Gandhi, then he wouldn't have to go to jail."

Timeline of Events Leading to Surrender

4:50 PM: Kejriwal surrenders at Tihar Jail.  

4:45 PM: AAP spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar claimed the BJP amended laws to incarcerate opposition leaders without evidence. She expressed hope for justice from the Supreme Court.  

4:35 PM: Kejriwal departs from the party office.  

4:25 PM: Kejriwal holds a meeting with the Political Affairs Committee.  

4:20 PM: Kejriwal stated, "I don't know what they will do with me in jail. Every drop of my blood is for the country. If Bhagat Singh was hanged, I am also ready to be hanged."  

4:10 PM: Kejriwal dismissed exit polls as fake, asserting, "This election is not about any party or leader but to save this country."  

4:00 PM: Addressing party workers, Kejriwal thanked the Supreme Court for the 21-day bail and reiterated his stance against dictatorship, stating, "I am going to jail again, not because I have done a scam but because I have raised my voice against dictatorship."

Support from AAP

4:03 PM: AAP leader Sanjay Singh emphasized that Kejriwal is being punished for being the first post-independence CM who genuinely worked for the public.  

3:54 PM: Delhi Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai expressed hope that Kejriwal would be released soon.

Pre-Surrender Activities

3:32 PM: Kejriwal and his wife Sunita offered prayers at Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place.  

3:20 PM: Before surrendering, Kejriwal paid tribute at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Raj Ghat.

Legal Proceedings

Kejriwal has applied for interim bail in a Delhi court to undergo medical tests, with the court reserving the order until June 5. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed the bail plea on health grounds, accusing Kejriwal of misleading the court by delaying tests. The ED highlighted Kejriwal's recent campaign activities in different states as evidence against his claims.

Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.

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