Arvind Kejriwal sent to jail
NEW DELHI: India’s anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal was sent to jail Wednesday for refusing to pay a bond, hours after declaring he was ready to fight fresh elections in Delhi to revive his party’s fortunes.
A Delhi court ordered Kejriwal to be taken into judicial custody for refusing to pay 10,000 rupees ($170) bail after he was sued for defamation by a leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is set to come to power nationally.
Kejriwal included BJP leader Nitin Gadkari in a list of politicians earlier this year he branded the country’s most corrupt. The list included Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and the nation’s then finance minister.
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) denied his refusal to pay the bail was a publicity stunt, shortly after saying he would seek a new round of polls in the Delhi state assembly.
“This is a case against corruption. How else will we fight corruption? If we have to pay this price (going to jail), it’s okay with us,” AAP leader Ashutosh, who goes by one name, told news channel CNN-IBN.
Kejriwal, who has won a reputation for taking on the country’s political and business elite over corruption issues, will remain in jail until the next scheduled court hearing on Friday.
The BJP in a statement branded Kejriwal’s preference for going to jail a “drama” and a bid to “get media attention”.