Arvind Kejriwal in Tihar jail, AAP to approach higher court

Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been lodged in Tihar Jail since Wednesday in a defamation case, went for a walk on Thursday morning within the premises of the prison.

Last Updated: May 22, 2014, 15:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been lodged in Tihar Jail since Wednesday in a defamation case, went for a walk on Thursday morning within the premises of the prison.

The AAP, meanwhile, said it will approach a higher court over a magistrate`s decision to send Kejriwal to judicial custody in a defamation case.

"We will approach a higher court against the order issued by the district court which sent Kejriwal to judicial custody," party leader Sanjay Singh told the media after meeting Kejriwal in Tihar Jail.

AAP leaders and Kejriwal`s wife Sunita met the former Delhi chief minister in prison. A court on Wednesday sent him to jail for two days after he refused to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000.
BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, who Kejriwal called "corrupt", has filed a defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party leader.

Kejriwal slept well through the night and woke up early, went for a morning walk and returned to his cell where he was served breakfast, consisting the staple tea and bread, sources at the Tihar Jail said, adding he also read around three to four newspapers in his cell.

At around 10 am, the AAP chief met his party colleagues Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh for about 30 minutes and also met his wife Sunita, who had brought clothes and medicines for him.

"He also interacted with some guards and other jail staff. He told them that he was fighting against corrupt for the common man like them and that is why he was in jail," a prison official said.

Last night, the AAP leader was served prison food consisting chapati of 400 gm grain, 250 gm vegetable and 90 gm dal.
Kejriwal is kept in the meditation ward of jail number four, the same cell where his one time mentor Anna Hazare was kept after his arrest during the Lokpal movement in 2011.

He has been kept alone in order to ensure that he does not come into contact with other inmates due to security reasons.

(With Agency inputs)