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Arvind Kejriwal Furnishes Bail Bond After 6 Days

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Backtracking from his defiant stand, former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (26 May) furnished a bail bond before a court here which ordered his "forthwith release" from Tihar Jail where he spent six days in a case of criminal defamation filed by BJP MP Nitin Gadkari.
 
The drama came to an end after day long activities during which Kejriwal's counsel visited him in Tihar Jail and conveyed to the Delhi High Court that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader has given consent to its suggestion and agreed to file the bail bond.
 
Kejriwal had earlier refused to furnish a bail bond before the court on the ground that it was against the principles of AAP to furnish bail bond in a case of political nature.
 
The proceedings, which started before a bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Sunita Gupta at around 11 am, ended in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha at 5.15 pm when the counsel representing Kejriwal told her that the AAP leader has signed the personal bond and was ready to file it.
 
"It is also submitted that Arvind Kejriwal has written in his own handwriting that he is filing the personal bond in compliance with the high court order. In view of this, the personal bond furnished is accepted," the magistrate said.
 
"Let the accused be released forthwith," she said.
 
During the hearing which began in the jampacked courtroom of high court, the bench advised senior counsel Shanti Bhushan and advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Kejriwal, to ask their client to furnish a bond and later raise whatever legal issues he wants to once he comes out of jail.
 
The bench thereafter allowed Kejriwal's lawyers to meet and apprise him about the court's suggestion to furnish bail bond which would be subject to final outcome of the legal issues raised by him.
 
It also advised Kejriwal not to make it a "prestige issue".
 
To this, Kejriwal's lawyer told the bench that they would like to meet their client in the jail after which the hearing was postponed till 3 pm.
 
As soon as the hearing resumed, the court queried as to what was Kejriwal's response on the suggestion of the bench.
 
"He (Kejriwal) has agreed," Prashant Bhushan told the court, adding, he has signed a bond of Rs 10,000 and showed his handwritten note to the bench. 
 
 
(PTI) 


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