Arvind Kejriwal agrees to furnish personal bond of Rs 10K to get bail

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accepted Delhi High Court`s suggestion to furnish personal bond to get bail in a defamation case field by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

Updated: May 27, 2014, 16:39 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accepted Delhi High Court`s suggestion to
furnish personal bond to get bail in a defamation case field by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

The High Court bench asked senior advocate Shanti Bhushan and advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for Kejriwal to file the personal bond before the concerned magistrate.
Prashant Bhushan told the HC that personal bond of Rs 10,000 has already been signed and will be filed before magistrate today itself. The Aap chief may now move out of Tihar Jail by today evening or tomorrow morning.

While hearing Kejriwal`s plea, the HC bench of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Sunita Gupta sked the former Delhi CM not to make it as an issue of "prestige" and opined that he should first seek bail.
The division bench suggested the AAP leader to furnish a personal bond and seek his release from jail.

"Why are you taking (it) as a prestige? Don`t make it a question of prestige. File your personal bond, seek his (Kejriwal) release today. We can direct it now. You take instructions from him," the court said and posted the matter post lunch Tuesday.

Kejriwal on Monday moved a habeas corpus petition 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.

The petition challenged the May 21 and 23 orders of a magisterial court remanding Kejriwal in judicial custody for not furnishing bail bond in the criminal defamation complaint filed by Gadkari, saying the same was not mandatory and he should have been allowed to give a written undertaking instead.

Kejriwal in his plea, filed through advocate Rohit Kumar Singh, has said the magisterial order sending him to judicial custody was "illegal" as it was based on a "completely wrong premise of law."

Kejriwal is in judicial custody till June 6 after he refused to furnish a personal bond in a defamation case filed by Gadkari.