A Delhi court granted bail on Thursday to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation suit filed by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley against Kejriwal over remarks related to alleged corruption in the city’s cricket body.
Kejriwal along with his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) colleagues Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai have to furnish a bond of Rs 20,000 .
The next date of hearing has been scheduled for 19 May.
The court had summoned them for the alleged offences under Sections 500 (criminal defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, outside the court, supporters of Aam Aadmi Party clashed with those of the BJP and also competed to shout slogans . While BJP party workers were seen chanting slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai” , AAP workers shouted Vande Mataram.”
Jaitley had alleged that Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders had made defamatory statements against him and his family. He had said Kejriwal’s statement that he received money when the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium was constructed during his tenure as the in the Delhi and District Cricket Association DDCA chief was false.
The FM had filed the defamation case in December last year, after Kejriwal and other members of AAP held a press conference and levelled the alleged charges that Jaitley had profited from his alleged relationship with a firm called 21st Century Media Private Limited, a sports management firm.
When he deposed before the court in January, the Union minister said he had been defamed by on their social media platform wherein they alleged that during his tenure as head of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), there were financial bunglings in the cricket body.
“The false imputations made by the accused....that money has been siphoned out in the construction of a stadium and the innuendo that I am a beneficiary of the same is per se false and defamatory,” he told the court.
This is the third such case against Kejriwal and second by a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party party. The CM is also fighting a defamation case filed against him by Nitin Gadkari and another by advocate Amit Sibal, son of Kapil Sibal, the ex-minister of communications and information technology.