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AAP to challenge court order on Kejriwal's arrest

Agencies  New Delhi, May 22, 2014
First Published: 10:38 IST(22/5/2014) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(22/5/2014)

The Aam Aadmi Party will challenge the court order on its convenor Arvind Kejriwal's arrest, after he refused to furnish the bail bond in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, if the judge asks for the bond to be paid on Friday, reports said.

The hearing in the case will come in the Patiala House court on Friday.

"When the court meets tomorrow, we will argue again that a bail bond is not necessary. If the judge still insists, we will go to a higher court," party leader Prashant Bhushan was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.

The Patiala House court on Wednesday sent Kejriwal to two-day judicial custody after he refused to furnish the bail amount of Rs. 10,000, hours after declaring that the party was ready for fresh elections in the Capital.

With their leader in Tihar, party members and AAP supporters gathered outside the high-security jail on Wednesday evening to protest against the arrest and clashed with the police. The protest also continued on Thursday morning. 

Section 144 was imposed in the area, barring assembly of more than 10 people.

Read: Jailbird Kejriwal gets personal loo, bedding from home

Many AAP leaders also joined hands with their supporters and gathered outside Tihar to protest against the arrest Wednesday evening. 

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav alleged that he was manhandled by the police "despite peacefully sitting outside Tihar jail”.

According to Yadav's tweets, he was first detained at the Hari Nagar police station and then transferred to Tilak Nagar station.

He alleged that no reason was offered regarding the transfer. He also alleged that police did not follow Supreme Court guidelines during his arrest.

The AAP in it's official Twitter account alleged that the police "manhandled" women when they were protesting outside Tihar.

They also alleged that a "senior police officer went around and thrashed AAP volunteers at will". 

According to CNN-IBN, AAP leader Manish Sisodia was taken into custody on Wednesday night. He was freed on Thursday morning to go to his village to attend his father's funeral. 


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