Kejriwal, two others granted bail after furnishing personal bond
Moneylife Digital Team 04 June 2014

AAP leaders Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav were granted bail in a defamation case after they furnished personal bonds of Rs10,000 each

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and two other party leaders were on Wednesday granted bail by a Delhi court in a criminal defamation case filed by a lawyer after they furnished personal bonds.


Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg released Kejriwal, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav on bail after they appeared before it in pursuance to summons issued against them.


Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav, through advocate Rishikesh Kumar, furnished a personal bond of Rs10,000 each. The court has now fixed the matter for 16th August.


The court had earlier summoned them on the complaint of advocate Surender Kumar Sharma under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.


It had said there was prima facie material to summon the accused.


“The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper, which affected the reputation of complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society,” the court had said.


The court, however, had rejected the complainant’s plea that AAP leaders had conspired and cheated him, saying in the absence of the very element of deception, there was no prima facie material against any of the accused for the offence of cheating and criminal conspiracy.


Sharma had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by the volunteers of AAP who asked him to contest Delhi Assembly election on party ticket as Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.


He filled up the application form for contesting on an AAP ticket and was later on told by Sisodia and Yadav that the Political Affairs Committee of the party had decided to give him the ticket but it was later denied to him.


He started his political campaign and incurred an expense of about Rs five lakh on the campaign, the complaint alleged.


On 14 October 2013, the complainant read articles in leading daily newspapers in which “derogatory and defamatory language” was used against him, adding “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons as published in the newspapers have lowered the reputation of the complainant in the Bar and society’’.


The articles had also mentioned that AAP had decided to replace its candidate from the Shahdara Constituency, he said.


The articles quoted a party statement saying that it was found that there were criminal cases and FIRs pending against its candidate (complainant) and that in his application, he had failed to mention about it.

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