Arvind Kejriwal to stay in jail till June 6 …

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NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody was extended on Friday after he once again refused to pay bond for his bail in the Nitin Gadkari defamation case. The former Delhi chief minister will now stay in jail till June 6.

The court chided Kejriwal for “legal illiteracy” and asked him to be “sensible”.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha remanded the former Delhi chief minister, who was produced in a packed court room from Tihar Jail, in judicial custody till June 6 saying she cannot review her order passed on May 21.

“I will only request you (Kejriwal’s lawyer) to challenge my order if you want. I have already made up my mind,” the magistrate said, adding that the court was only following legal procedure and “that if other leaders of the party can furnish bond to secure bail, why Kejriwal cannot do the same”.

“There is a lot of legal illiteracy in the country. Even educated people do not know about legal proceedings as to what is bail and what is bond. Being in the position you (Kejriwal) were, I expect you to be sensible,” the magistrate observed.

During the hearing, senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, who appeared for Kejriwal, argued that in such cases where the accused has not been arrested, there was no requirement to furnish bail bond.

Senior advocate Pinki Anand, who appeared for Gadkari, told the court that criminal courts cannot review their order.

During the hearing, Kejriwal told the court he was trying to understand what his fault was and lots of politicians have filed such cases against him.

“In such cases, I have been released after I gave undertaking in courts earlier,” he said.

The magistrate, however, said Kejriwal was told to give a bond only and it was a legal procedure to furnish bonds for bail.

“You (Kejriwal) have been summoned as an accused. You are not a convict. You will face trial … you cannot say that I am innocent and I will not give bond. This is a procedure,” the magistrate said.

The court observed that if other leaders of the party can furnish bond to secure bail, why Kejriwal cannot do it.

But Aam Aadmi Party justified its stand not to pay for Kejriwal’s bail bond and claimed that he had done no wrong.

Kejriwal claimed that he had been victimized for speaking the truth.

Kejriwal was arrested and sent to Tihar Jail on May 21 by a Delhi court after he refused to furnish bail bond in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

Kejriwal was summoned as an accused by the court in the defamation complaint in which Gadkari had alleged that he was defamed by the AAP leader, who had included his name in the party’s list of “India’s most corrupt”.

After the court pronounced its order, Kejriwal was taken into lock up inside the court premises amid tight security and later taken to Tihar Jail.

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