I am in jail for fighting against corruption: Kejriwal
After being sent to a 14-day judicial custody in connection with a defamation case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday reached out to his supporters claiming innocence.
Kejriwal reportedly sent letters to his supporters from Tihar Jail defending himself.
"I am in jail for fighting against corruption but Nitin Gadkari is roaming free," the AAP posted on Twitter quoting Kejriwal.
"I have not done anything wrong, why should I take bail," he said after the court decision.
Meanwhile, the AAP said it is contemplating moving to High Court.
The Patiala House Court on Friday remanded Kejriwal to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the defamation case.
The court will hear the case next on June 6.
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 Gadkari defamation case.
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.
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.
(Posted on 23-05-2014)