New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today suggested that Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal furnish a personal bail bond for now for release from jail, and said it can continue hearing the question of law on requirement of a bail bond in cases, later.
The high court bench headed by Justice Kailash Gambhir asked Kejriwal’s lawyer Prashant Bhushan to meet Kejriwal immediately at Tihar jail to convey the high court’s suggestion and take instructions, and posted the case for hearing at 1500 IST.
The former Delhi chief minister had moved the high court seeking “immediate release” from jail saying that his custody for refusal to sign a bond for his bail in the defamation case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nitin Gadkari, was based on “completely wrong premise of law”.
Kejriwal, who has been sent to judicial custody till Jun 6 by a magisterial court, said it was not legally mandatory for him to furnish bail bond and he was sent to custody though he was ready to give a written undertaking.
On May 21, Kejriwal was sent to two days’ judicial custody when he refused to furnish bail bond saying he had not done anything wrong.
On May 23, he stood by his stand and his custody was extended till Jun 6. Kejriwal was summoned as an accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed by former BJP president Nitin Gadkari for including the latter’s name in a list of 25 “most corrupt politicians” released by AAP on Jan 31.
In his statement in the court, Gadkari alleged Kejriwal was in the habit of making “false, defamatory and malicious comments without any basis” for political gains.