Kejriwal sent to judicial custody in defamation case

Written by | May 21, 2014 | 0
New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was Wednesday sent to two-day judicial custody by a court here after he refused to furnish a personal bail bond in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha fixed Friday as the next date of hearing.

Manocha asked Kejriwal to furnish a bail bond of Rs.10,000 but the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader refused to.

Kejriwal was summoned by the court for describing former Bharatiya Janata Party president as a “corrupt” person.

Earlier, Kejriwal told the court he would not furnish a bail bond as the case was a political one.

Instead, he promised to give an undertaking to appear before the court at every hearing.

“I am fighting against corruption. I will not seek bail as I have not done anything wrong,” he said.

His counsel told the court that in earlier defamation cases against him, Kejriwal was granted bail on the undertaking that he would appear before the court at every hearing.

Counsel added that Kejriwal would not flee from justice.

“I completely agree but what is the problem with furnishing a bail bond?” asked the judge.

The judge said furnishing a bail bond was a process of law and told Kejriwal that he was seeking different treatment.

“You are representing the Aam Aadmi Party. I request you to behave as an aam aadmi (common man),” the court said.

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