Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail in a criminal defamation case by a court in Amritsar Friday. The case was filed by Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who has accused Kejriwal of using derogatory words against him. Kejriwal and two other AAP leaders accused in the case, Sanjay Singh and Ashish Khetan, got bail by furnishing a bond of Rs 40,000 each. Khetan did not appear in court citing medical grounds.
Both Kejriwal and Majithia arrived late. Their lawyers requested more time as they were “stuck in traffic”. The court allowed the request.
At the court premises, supporters of Kejriwal and Majithia turned out in large numbers to express their support.
While Majithia’s supporters occupied the main entrance to the court, police had arranged for Kejriwal to enter from the back gate, escorted by Amritsar Police Commissioner Amar Singh Chahal. Soon after he got bail, Kejriwal addressed his supporters and challenged Majithia: “Arrest me within six months or I will arrest you.”
“I know that false cases are being slapped against AAP volunteers… if they did not spare me as Chief Minister of Delhi, how can they spare you,” he said.
“We will not bow down to any such pressure. We will form the government in Punjab in 2017. Akalis have turned Punjab, which used to be a flourishing state, into a hub of drugs to ruin youth. If anyone dares to raise his voice against this drug network, they slap a false case against him, which is evident by the filing of a defamation case against me,” added Kejriwal.
Meanwhile, Majithia said Kejriwal would not escape the clutches of the law. “It is a matter of aaj bail kal jail (today bail, tomorrow jail) for him. He may run but he cannot escape justice”.