A Delhi court Tuesday granted bail to Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed by the BJP. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted relief to Kejriwal on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 after he appeared before the court.
The BJP, through its leader Rajeev Babbar, has sought proceedings against Kejriwal, Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta, MLA Manoj Kumar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Atishi Marlena for harming the reputation of the BJP by blaming it for deletion of names of "voters" from electoral rolls in Delhi. The other accused persons were earlier granted bail by the court.
On June 7, Delhi court had granted bail to AAP leader Atishi Marlena and others in a defamation case that had been filed by the BJP against them for their remarks over deletion of voters' names from electoral rolls in the city. AAP's Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta and MLA Manoj Kumar were also granted relief on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each after the three appeared before the court.
However, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, failed to appear before the court on Friday. The court directed him to appear on July 16.BJP leader Rajeev Babbar, who moved the petition on behalf of the party's Delhi unit, sought proceedings against them for "harming" the reputation of the BJP by blaming it for the deletion of the names of "voters" from electoral rolls in Delhi. The BJP leader also tweeted a taunt regarding CM Arvind Kejriwal not being present for the hearing in court.
Taking to Twitter, Rajeev Babbar said that Kejriwal should be ashamed as he was trying to cut the vote of teh BJP on the basis of false accusation and had to pay 10000 rs for the same.
Babbar had claimed that the AAP leaders had during a press conference held in December last year alleged that on the directions of the BJP names of 30 lakh voters from Bania, Poorvanchali and the Muslim community had been deleted by the Election Commission.
(with PTI inputs)