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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will challenge the Patiala House Court order on Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest

By on May 22, 2014

 AAP supporters gathered outside the Tihar jail on Wednesday evening to protest against the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal. The protest also continued on Thursday morning. Police detained several AAP leaders – Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay Singh- when they refused to budge from the protest site. Thus, the police imposed section 144 of CrPC outside the jail premises, which prohibits the gathering of five or more persons.

“We were merely expressing our solidarity with Kejriwal. We were not causing any obstruction to the traffic or the security of Tihar,” AAP’s National Executive member Yogendra Yadav said. AAP MLA Manish Sisodia said  “We are sitting on the foothpath and protesting and that is not wrong.”

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stated that it will challenge the Patiala House Court order on its chief Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Prashant Bhushan said “When the court meets tomorrow, we will argue again that a bail bond is not necessary. If the judge still insists, we will go to a higher court.”

The party said in a statement “The AAP totally disagrees with the decision of the learned Metropolitan Magistrate to send Kejriwal to judicial custody. There is no provision in law which makes it mandatory for a defendant against whom a complaint is filed in a defamation case to furnish a bail bond, particularly when he is ready and willing to be present in the court on the fixed date of hearing. There were at least four cases in which courts have accepted undertakings given by Arvind Kejriwal which were of similar nature and did not insist on a bail bond. In defamation cases filed by Pavan Khera and Amit Sibal, the courts accepted the undertaking given by Kejriwal and a similar procedure was followed in two other cases registered against him pertaining to protests against the coal scam. Despite the erroneous court order, the AAP will continue and intensify its fight against corruption and for ensuring the rights of the common man.”

Earlier, Patiala House Court ordered former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to be sent to judicial custody after he refused to pay up the personal bail bond of Rs 10,000 in the defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Police took Kejriwal into lock up in court premises amid tight security. Arvind kejriwal  told metropolitan magistrate Gomati Manocha: “I am fighting against corruption. I will not seek bail as I have not done anything wrong.”

The action was taken on Arvind Kejriwal against Gadkari’s complaint said on Jan 31 Kejriwal released a list of “India’s most corrupt” people and it included Gadkari’s name. Gadkari has told the court that “false, baseless, scandalous, defamatory statements” by Kejriwal against him had lowered his dignity.

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