Arvind Kejriwal agrees to furnish personal bond to get bail

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New Delhi, May 27: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday agreed to furnish personal bond to get bail in the criminal defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

[Read: File personal bond, Delhi High Court suggests to Arvind Kejriwal]

The former Delhi chief minister, who has been lodged in Tihar Jail, accepted to do so on the suggestion of Delhi high court earlier in the day.

Kejriwal's lawyer told HC that personal bond of Rs 10,000 has already been signed and will be filed before magistrate today itself.

A bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Sunita Gupta had said that Kejriwal can raise whatever legal issues he wants to, once he comes out of jail and that he should not make it a prestige issue.

Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan and advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Kejriwal, had sought to meet the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in prison to seek his instruction and put forth the court's suggestion.

Kejriwal accepted to furnish the bond on the suggestion of the Delhi High Court

The judges advised Kejriwal to furnish the bail bond and said that the same would be subject to final outcome of the legal issues raised by him. The legal issue raised by Kejriwal, in his petition seeking his immediate release from the jail, is whether bail bond is necessary in summons case when accused appears and is accompanied by a lawyer.

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."

During the proceedings, the bench suggested that Kejriwal should furnish bail bond and challenge the magisterial orders once he comes out of jail. It also questioned how a habeas corpus, filed on behalf of Kejriwal, applies against a judicial order. A writ of habeas corpus is used to bring a prisoner or detainee before the court to determine if the person's imprisonment or detention is lawful. Kejriwal's counsel argued that his detention is "totally illegal" as only a person in custody is required to furnish bail bond.


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