Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail by Delhi court on Friday in a defamation case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajeev Babbar, the Hindustan Times reported. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted Kejriwal bail on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 after he appeared in court.
Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta and MLA Manoj Kumar were also granted bail by the court. AAP leader Atishi, another accused in the case, had sought exemption from appearance in court. The court will hear the matter next on July 25.
Babbar, in his complaint, had blamed the four leaders of harming the BJP’s reputation by claiming that the party was accountable for the removal of voters’ names from the electoral rolls in Delhi. “All the accused made accusations against BJP in a calculated manner with the sole intention to portray a negative image of BJP in relation to the voters belonging to certain sections of society, namely, Bania, Poorvanchalis, Muslims, among others,” Babbar said. “Kejriwal said it for cheap political mileage” he added.
Last December Kejriwal had allegedly tweeted that deleted voters included “4 lakh Baniyas, 8 lakh Muslims, 15 lakh Poorvanchalis and 3 lakh rest”.
After their advocate Mohammad Irshad said they were engaged in political events in Delhi and Haryana on April 30, the court had granted an exemption to Kejriwal and three others from appearing in court till June 7. On June 7, the court asked the chief minister to appear before it on July 16.