Arvind Kejriwal taken into custody in defamation case filed by Nitin Gadkari

ISLAMABAD: Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was taken into custody in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

Kejriwal, who appeared before the court in pursuance to the summons issued against him, will remain in jail till May 23 as he refused to furnish  the bail bond, Indian Express reports.

Kejriwal told Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha that he was ready to give an undertaking that he will appear before the court but refused to furnish bail bond to secure bail.

During the hearing, the magistrate observed, “I completely agree but why he (Kejriwal) will not furnish bail bond. What is the problem. There is a procedure and why should we follow different procedure in this case. I agree he will appear in the court but the procedure is that a person has to file bail bond. Are you looking for some exception treatment?”

Kejriwal, who also argued in the court, told the judge that he has  not committed any heinous crime and added that he was not looking for any exceptional treatment.

“This is my principle that when I have not done anything wrong, I will  not seek bail. I am ready to go to jail,” he had said.

Advocates Prashant Bhushan and Rahul Mehra, who appeared for Kejriwal,  told the magistrate that these cases are of political nature and as per the principle of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), they will not furnish bail bond.