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This time, Kejriwal quietly furnishes personal bond

Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 31, 2014
First Published: 23:28 IST(31/5/2014) | Last Updated: 00:46 IST(1/6/2014)

After his recent drama over bail that landed him in Tihar jail, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday furnished a personal bond of Rs. 10,000 in a criminal case against him and other AAP leaders including Kumar Vishwas for their alleged unlawful conduct in December 2012 during a protest outside the residence of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dheeraj Mittal granted bail to Kejriwal, Vishwas and Wasim, who along with AAP leader Manish Sisodia were chargesheeted by Delhi Police for various offences – disobedience to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant, wrongfully restraining any person, and various other provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kejriwal and Vishwas appeared before the court while Sisodia sought exemption for the day.  Wasim was present along with his counsel Asim Ali.

The court granted bail to the three accused on a personal bond of Rs. 10,000 each.

During the hearing, the copy of the charge sheet and other documents filed along with it were supplied to the accused and the court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on September 20.

In its charge sheet, the police alleged that on December 7, 2012, the four AAP leaders, along with their supporters, had staged a protest against demolitions within South Delhi on a public path, which was in violation of a prohibitory order dated November 2012.

The November order stated that holding any public meeting or assembly of five or more persons, shouting slogans, or holding processions and demonstrations outside Rashtrapati Bhavan, PM’s residence and Central Vista lawns is likely to cause obstruction of traffic, danger to human safety and disturbance of peace.

The accused violated this order as they staged a protest on a public path by the chief minister’s residence, according to court sources.

On December 7, 2012, over a 100 people had gathered outside Dikshit’s 3-Motilal Nehru Marg residence at 7 am while Kejriwal joined them an hour later to protest demolition of their houses in Shaheenbagh near Okhla.

The demonstration continued till the protestors were detained by the police around 12:30 pm as they refused to disperse. A large number of police personnel were deployed at the spot to avoid any untoward incident.

Kejriwal was only last week released on bail from Tihar jail in a defamation case.


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