Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail against the criminal defamation complaint filled by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri on Friday.
Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh granted bail to Kejriwal on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 10,000 after he appeared before the court appeared in the court in execution of the summons issued to him earlier.
The court was hearing a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Bidhuri, who said Kejriwal made defamatory statements against him, terming him a criminal, in an interview to a private channel on July 17 last year.
However, this is not the first time when Kejriwal was issued a defamation case. Earlier a Patiala House court issued summons against Kejriwal on 9 March for allegedly uttering defamatory statements against Jaitley in relation with the controversy surrounding the Delhi and District Cricket Association.
Apart from this, Kejriwal has three other cases pending in the Patiala House courts while two are pending in the Karkardooma district courts. The first defamation case was filed against Kejriwal by then political secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Pawan Khera, for his alleged “derogatory remarks” against power tariff hike during protests in October 2012. A court in Karkardooma complex issued summons to Kejriwal in Janaury 2013.
The second case was filed by former communications minister Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal. The defamation case was filed after Kejriwal, during a press conference in 2013, alleged conflict of interest over Amit Sibal appearing in the Supreme Court for telecom major Vodafone, while his father was the union communications minister. A metropolitan magistrate in Patiala house courts complex issued summons to the Aam Aadmi Party leader in July 2013.
The third case was filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, now a Union Minister, who alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him by including his name in the list of “India’s most corrupt” during a press conference in January 2014. In February 2014, a court had summoned Kejriwal as an accused.
Kejriwal appeared in the case on 21 May 2014, but refused to furnish a personal bond and thereafter was sent to jail. After a week, he furnished his personal bond and was released. In all the three cases where the court has framed charges, Kejriwal pleaded not guilty.