Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appeared in a fortified Mumbai court on Wednesday in a case registered against him for holding a rally without permission in Maharashtra during the 2014 general election.
The Kurla Metropolitan magistrate had granted permanent exemption to the chief minister from appearing in court for the case that was filed last year, but summoned him to complete bail compliance formalities.
Satish Jain, an Aam Admi Party (AAP) member provided surety for the AAP chief, which the court accepted, while Kejriwal submitted a bail bond of Rs 10,000 too.
Security was tightened at the court premises where party workers had gathered outside to show their support for Kejriwal, with entry being restricted and identity checks being conducted.
Besides Kejriwal, other AAP leaders accused in the case appeared before the court as well. However, two of the accused, Medha Patkar and Imtiaz Ansari, missed the hearing and filed for an exemption. Patkar’s counsel pleaded that she be exempt as another case against her, in which a warrant was issued in her name, was scheduled for hearing on Wednesday morning as well.
The defence lawyer also sought permanent exemption for the other accused, including former Bank of Scotland CEO Meera Sanyal.