Yediyurappa isn’t ‘Tom, Dick or Harry’ but Kejriwal, Soren are: Kapil Sibal’s swipe at BJP after stay on Delhi CM’s bail

Karnataka High Court recently restrained CID from arresting former CM BS Yediyurappa in connection with a POCSO case registered against him.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 21, 2024 | 8:47 PM Updated Jun 21, 2024 | 9:59 PM

Kapil Sibal compares cases against BS Yediyurappa and Arvind Kejriwal

It is strange police were restrained by a court from arresting former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren – both arrested in separate cases – were being treated like any “Tom, Dick or Harry,” Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal said Friday, 21 June.

A couple of weeks ago, the Karnataka High Court restrained Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from arresting former CM BS Yediyurappa in connection with a POCSO case registered against him. The move came a day after a special court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the BJP parliamentary board member.

While passing the order, the High Court said, court had said he is a former CM and not some “Tom, Dick and Harry.”

On the other hand, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal – currently in jai for his alleged involvement in money laundering case linked to now scrapped excise scam – couldn’t get out of jail even after a court on 20 June granted him bail.

After the ED approached the trial court, the bail granted to the CM was stayed. Taking to ‘X’ to post about it, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, that a judge granted bail to a person accused of sexual abuse whereas Arvind Kejriwal didn’t. Comparing the crimes that the two CMs and one former CM has been charged with, he said that while BSY is being treated as former CM, Kejriwal is being treated lik a “Tom, Dick or Harry!).

Related: Not Tom, Dick or Harry but a former CM, says Karnataka HC staying arrest of BS Yediyurappa in POCSO case

On 21 June, Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail citing ED’s failure to provide evidence linking the Delhi CM to the proceeds of the crime.

However, on 21 June, the  Delhi High Court stayed the order on an appeal by the ED. The HC also issued notice to Kejriwal seeking his response on the ED’s plea challenging the trial court’s 20 June order by which he was granted bail.

“Till the pronouncement of this order, the operation of the impugned order shall remain stayed,” a vacation bench of Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain said.

The court said it was reserving the order for 2-3 days as it wanted to go through the entire records.

Related: Arvind Kejriwal bail: ED’s ‘investigation is art’ argument dismissed, it failed to give evidence linking proceeds of crime to Delhi CM, says court

(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)

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