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The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at New Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court Complex has granted bail to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party Leader Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with a criminal defamation case by BJP MLA Vijender Gupta.
Bail was granted by Judge Samar Vishal on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and one surety of like amount.
“Since the offence is bailable in nature, accordingly, accused are admitted to bail subject to furnishing personal bond and surety bond in the sum of Rs.10,000/. Bail bonds furnished, considered and accepted.”, the Court recorded.
Gupta had filed a criminal defamation case after Kejriwal and Sisodia tweeted that Gupta along with his party, the Bharatiya Janta Party, was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Kejriwal.
While campaigning for the Lok Sabha Elections in West Delhi on May 4, Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a person in the crowd. The Delhi CM subsequently blamed the BJP for this assault. However, Gupta claimed that it was Kejriwal himself who demanded that security personnel be removed from his vehicle to facilitate the assault.
The allegedly defamatory tweets by Kejriwal and Sisodia were made after this claim.
Summons to Kejriwal and Sisodia were issued by the Court on July 8.
Earlier this month, the ACMM had framed charges against Kejriwal and Sisodia in connection with a dharna/protest at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi in January 2014.
Gupta was represented by advocates Neeraj, Priyank Khattar and Vijay Joshi.
Kejriwal and Sisodia were represented by advocates BS Joon, Mohd Irsad and Rishikesh.
The matter would be taken up next on July 25.
[Read the Copy of Judicial Proceedings]