A Delhi court granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a complaint filed against him for allegedly giving “misleading information” in election affidavit ahead of the 2013 assembly polls, on Saturday. Metropolitan Magistrate Aashish Gupta permitted the bail plea as the concerned magistrate was on leave.
April 7, 2017, is set as the next date for the hearing.
The court directed Kejriwal to give a personal bond of Rs 10,000. The case was filed against him by an NGO that alleged in the complaint that Kejriwal had “willfully misled” the Election Commission by concealing his accurate address and changing the market value of his property.
The court held that as Kejriwal provided an improper address so that the correct address remained untraceable and inappropriate valuation of the property, “there is sufficient ground for proceeding against the accused Arvind Kejriwal under section 125 A (penalty for filing false affidavit) of the Representation of the People Act and section 177 (furnishing false information) of the Indian Penal Code”.
The case was filed by NGO Maulik Bharat Trust through its office bearers, Neeraj Saxena and Anuj Aggarwal. All candidates filing nomination papers are needed to supply an affidavit to the EC with particulars of the real cost of property and any investments that they have made.