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Indian court grants bail to one of Modi's chief opponents 


FILE - Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the opposition Aam Aadmi Party, shows his inked finger after voting in New Delhi, May 25, 2024. Kejriwal was arrested earlier this year on corruption allegations stemming from a bribery investigation, but a court granted him bail on June 20.
FILE - Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the opposition Aam Aadmi Party, shows his inked finger after voting in New Delhi, May 25, 2024. Kejriwal was arrested earlier this year on corruption allegations stemming from a bribery investigation, but a court granted him bail on June 20.

An Indian court granted bail Thursday to one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chief opponents.

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is expected to be released from jail Friday, just days ahead of a new parliamentary session that begins Monday.

Kejriwal was arrested in March on corruption allegations stemming from a long-running liquor bribery investigation. The politician has denied the charges and says they are part of a "political conspiracy" created by Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"When power becomes dictatorship, then jail becomes a responsibility," Kejriwal said recently.

He was temporarily released from pretrial detention last month on interim bail so that he could campaign in the national election, but voluntarily returned to jail June 1, after voting in the weekslong election ended.

Modi remains at the helm of India's government following the election. While his BJP party lost its parliamentary majority, it won enough seats to form a coalition government.

Kejriwal's AAP is a member of the INDIA bloc, a coalition of opposition parties that was the main challenger to the prime minister during the election.

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