Defamation case: Arvind Kejriwal ‘s hearing today

The Patiala House Court will on Friday hear the defamation case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, who has already spent two two nights in police custody.

The AAP on Thursday said it will challenge the Patiala House Court order on Kejriwal’s arrest in the defamation case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari.

Amid protests Kejriwal was on Wednesday arrested and taken to Tihar Jail  by the Delhi Police after he refused to to submit a personal bond of Rs 10,000 in the Nitin Gadkari defamation case.

He will remain in the judicial custody till May 23 when the court of metropolitan magistrate Gomati Manocha will take up the case again for hearing.

Several  AAP supporters, who held protests outside the prison, were detained later.

In the court on Wednesday, Kejriwal said that he would not give a bail bond on principle.

After his refusal to pay the bond, the judge asked him whether he was looking for exceptional treatment.

Gadkari had filed a defamation case before metropolitan magistrate in Delhi in mid-February. He had said that Kejriwal has tarnished his image by calling him corrupt.

“Patiala House Court orders Arvind Kejriwal to be taken into custody in defamation complaint filed against him by Nitin Gadkari,” AAP tweeted.

“Earlier today Arvind had refused to file a bond and had instead said that he would be available for all court hearings,” the party said.

A Delhi court on Feb 28 summoned former Kejriwal in a criminal defamation case filed against him by Gadkari.

Gadkari had slapped a legal notice on Kejriwal for including his name in the latter’s “India’s Most Corrupt Politicians” list.

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