New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday moved the Delhi High Court challenging a trial court order sending him to judicial custody.
Kejriwal’s lawyers mentioned the matter before a division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sidharth Mridul for urgent hearing. The court posted the matter for Tuesday.
Kejriwal moved a habeas corpus for his immediate release, saying he has been “illegally” sent to judicial custody on a “completely wrong premise of law” by the court’s orders of May 21 and May 23.
He is in judicial custody till June 6 after he refused to furnish a personal bond in a defamation case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nitin Gadkari.
He refused to pay the bail bond of Rs.10,000 and was sent to the Tihar Jail.
“Kejriwal has been illegally sent to judicial custody till June 6 for refusing to furnish the bail bond in a summon case on a private complaint even though it was not mandatory and he was ready to give a written undertaking,” said the plea.
It added that in at least four different cases, such written undertakings were accepted by the courts.