Kejriwal was earlier produced before Patiala House court on May 21 for “defaming” Gadkari as “India’s most corrupt politician” in a list of people he had issued on January 31, 2014.
When the Magistrate had demanded a personal bond, Kejriwal had said that he was ready to give an undertaking to appear before the court but refused to furnish a bail bond on “principal grounds”.
AAP had first exposed the corrupt deals of Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Gadkari in October 2012. AAP's expose against Gadkari about his business deals and involvement in land deals led to his resignation as BJP President in 2012.
In statement on a listseve which is high critical of Kejriwal and APP, one Madhav Nalapat aptly captured the situation, "It is unfortunate that the (colonial-era) laws are such that an individual can get sent to jail simply for calling a prosperous politician corrupt. Whatever one's views on Arvind Kejriwal,his incarceration will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression.The Indian media,as is its won't,has chased the "lizard's tail" of Arvind refusing to post a bail bond,while missing out on the "lizard" viz a magistrate jailing an individual for what in more robust democracies passes off as fair comment about political leaders."
When Kejriwal asked that he does not know w hat his crime is, the magistrate reportedly responded saying, "We have not asked you to submit bail bond. It's only a personal bond. This is the procedure. Just because you are summoned doesn't mean you are an accused." But her order of May 21, 2014 refers to Kejriwal as "accused".
In a statement, Kejriwal said, "I am in jail for fighting against corruption but Nitin Gadkari is roaming free." He added, "दिलचस्प है कि गडकरी जी पर भ्रष्टाचार के आरोपों की जांच तक नहीं हुई और जिसने भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ आवाज उठाई उसे जेल में डाल दिया गया." Earlier, he told the court, "I am fighting against corruption. I will not seek bail as I have not done anything wrong."
Indeed the court is seized with lizard's tail. This creates a situation where the magistrate herself is on trial in the court of legal luminaries and law colleges it seems.