Kejriwal refuses to seek bail in defamation case

Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday stood firm in a local court on his stand of not seeking bail in a defamation case filed against him by chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s political secretary for his alleged remarks against her during power tariff hike protests.

Chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) Sanjay Bansal released him on an undertaking that he would appear on every date of hearing after he refused to seek bail and furnish any personal or surety bond.

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) chief is accused of defaming Dikshit by making “baseless” allegations against her last year in several protests on power tariff hike.

On being asked by the court to furnish a personal or surety bond, he refused to do so saying it is his decision of not giving any bond and he has been following the same principle in other cases lodged against him.

“I do not want any special treatment. Kindly treat me as a common man. This is my own decision that I am not going to furnish any bail bond. Kindly treat me the way law of the land says,” he submitted before the court.

He stuck to his earlier stand and added that he is ready to face the consequences but will not furnish the bond as giving a surety would mean “there is an apprehension that I might flee”, which is not the case.

Kejriwal said he was ready to give an undertaking or a separate letter that he will appear in the court on every hearing of the case.

Advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing for complainant Pawan Khera, however, opposed Kejriwal’s stand asking him to show the provisions in the law which allows a man to be released on an undertaking.

The court, however, made it clear that the relief would only be “valid till the next date of hearing” on August 17 and said it will decide on that day about the issue of bail.

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