Arvind Kejriwal jailed in defamation case
Former Delhi CM to spend next two days in Tihar Jail
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
Former Delhi Chief Minister and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal was sent to judicial custody on Wednesday, May 21 till May 23 after he refused to offer a bail bond in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.
After he appeared before the court today, Kejriwal told Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha he was ready to give an undertaking that he will appear before the court but refused to furnish bail bond to secure bail. To this the court responded that the AAP leader was looking for "some exceptional treatment". The court also ordered Delhi police to take Kejriwal into custody and shift him to Tihar jail as he refused to give an undertaking and furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000.
Kejriwal argued by saying that he hadnot committed any heinous crime. "This is my principle that when I have not done anything wrong, I will not seek bail. I am ready to go to jail," he said. “You are representing the Aam Aadmi Party. I request you to behave as aam aadmi (common man)," the court snapped back.
Gadkari's complaint mentioned when Kejriwal released the list of "India's most corrupt", it included his name. “Such false, baseless, scandalous, defamatory statements by Kejriwal against me have lowered my dignity,” he told court.
Advocates Prashant Bhushan and Rahul Mehra, who appeared for Kejriwal, told the magistrate that these cases are of political nature and as per the principle of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), they will not furnish bail bond. Bhushan also argued that there was no possibility that Kejriwal would tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses and filing of undertaking was correct.
Senior advocate Pinki Anand, who appeared for Gadkari, opposed the contentions of defence counsel, saying there was no procedure in law to furnish undertaking and law should not vary for anyone.
Earlier in the afternoon, Arvind Kejriwal had apologized to the nation for quitting as Delhi Chief Minister after running the government for 49 days and pressed for fresh election in the state. Kejriwal, who had called himself an anarchist, asked people for their support. How common public will react to this fiasco is to be seen?