Arvind Kejriwal, five AAP leaders get bail in Jaitley defamation case
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, who were summoned as accused in a criminal defamation case filed against them by Union Minister Arun Jaitley, were today granted bail by a Delhi court. The next hearing will be on 19th May 2016.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass granted the relief to Kejriwal and AAP leaders Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each with one surety of like amount.
Jaitley, who filed the complaint against Kejriwal and the others, was present in the court.
Jaitley told the court on January 5 that they had given "false and defamatory" statements against him in the case involving the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), thereby harming his reputation.
He said the AAP leaders made the statements with a view to deflect attention from a CBI probe against a civil servant working with Kejriwal.
He urged the court to initiate proceedings against Kejriwal and the others on charge of defaming him.
The AAP leaders had alleged corruption in the DDCA, which Jaitley headed for 13 years until 2013. Jaitley has denied the allegations.
(With inputs from agencies)