Tihar jail is not new to AAP leader Yogendra Yadav as he was among those JNU students who courted arrest in 1983 and went to Tihar. But this time, he opted out of jail unlike his party leader Arvind Kejriwal by furnishing a bond of Rs.5,000.
The developing scenario in Delhi has left Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal being the only scapegoat in the entire exercise and was put in jail not for two days but for an extended term until June 6.
Yogendra Yadav was arrested on Wednesday for violating prohibitory orders during the protests against Kejriwal’s arrest and he opted to go on bail, standing away from the stand taken by his party leader. In fact, all 59 party workers arrested during the protest took bail at the Hari Nagar police station.
On Wednesday, Kejriwal was sent to Tihar jail by a Delhi court in a criminal defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari as he pleaded not guilty and refused to furnish a personal bond of Rs.10,000, saying it was “against his principles.”
Both Kejriwal and Yadav were defeated in the Lok Sabha polls recently and Kejriwal apologised Delhi electorate for quitting the Delhi government within 49 days after swearing-in.
The party legal spokesman Prashant Bhushan told the media that there is no comparison between the two cases. Yadav was arrested by the police and there was no other correct procedure to be released from police custody. “Kejriwal, on the other hand, was summoned and his attendance was required in court, which he did. The party disagrees with the court’s insistence for a surety bond since there was no apprehension of his not appearing on the dates of hearing,” Bhushan said.
On Friday evening, Kejriwal wrote a letter to his followers seeking their support to highlight the case. (See Photo).
Kejriwal was kept in jail No. 4, Ward 14 of the Tihar jail, reports said. AAP sources said the party would approach a higher court since its argument during Friday’s hearing was rejected by the court.
The party now plans to conduct a door-to-door campaign about why its leader opted to remain in the jail.