Big relief! SC extends time for AAP to vacate office premises by this date

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been lodged in Tihar Jail since April 1 after being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on charges of corruption and money laundering.

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The Supreme Court has granted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) a significant reprieve by extending the deadline for vacating its office at Rouse Avenue. AAP now has an additional two months, with August 10 set as the final date to vacate, as per the court's ruling. This decision came after AAP petitioned for an extension beyond the original June 15 deadline, emphasizing that this was their last opportunity to comply.

Vacate office by August 10

The Supreme Court gave this relief to AAP after hearing its petition in which the party had sought extension in the predetermined time limit. On March 4, the court had ordered to vacate the office by June 15. The court told AAP that this is the last chance and an affidavit should be given that the property will be handed over by August 10.

What vacation bench said? 

The vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta accepted the arguments of senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Aam Aadmi Party, and ordered to extend the deadline till August 10. Accepting the petition, the bench said, 'Considering the facts and circumstances, as a last chance, we are extending the time given in the order of March 4.' The court said that the petitioner (AAP) has to write to the court registry within a week that they will hand over the land peacefully by August 10.

Alloted to Delhi HC

It is noteworthy that this complex has been allotted to Delhi High Court where it is proposed to develop infrastructure for the district courts. This land was allotted to the court in 2020. Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that extension is being sought till August 10 because the Delhi High Court has recently asked the Central Government to provide space for an alternative office within six weeks on the appeal of the Aam Aadmi Party. The bench noted that the premises were allotted to the Delhi High Court only in 2020 and the construction cost of the building has increased due to the applicant's occupation. Advocate K Parameshwar, appearing for the Delhi High Court, said that even after 4 years, the HC has not got the possession.

Arvind Kejriwal in jail 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been lodged in Tihar Jail since April 1 after being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on charges of corruption and money laundering in the execution of the Delhi government's now scrapped excise policy for 2021-22.