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Arun Jaitley defamation case : Kejriwal and 5 other AAP leaders granted bail
The Delhi court granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with 5 other AAP leaders in a criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, over their statements linked to alleged corruption in the city's cricket organisation, on Thursday.

The relief was given by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 from each APP members including Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. 

Notably, a summons was issued by the court against these leaders on March 9, under Sections 500 (criminal defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Thus, Kejriwal and other accused appeared in the court today.

The court has now fixed the  next date of hearing on May 19, for further arguments. However, just prior to Kejriwal's arrival at Patiala House Court, disputes broke out amid AAP and BJP supporters. Following the incident, police have arrested them.

According to Jaitley's allegations, Kejriwal and 5 other AAP leaders had made defamatory statements against him and his family. Jaitley had said that Kejriwal's remark that he gained money, when the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium was being built during his term as Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) chief, was a lie.

The Finance Minister had filed the defamation case in December last year, following the Delhi CM and other AAP members holding a press conference and leveling the alleged charges on Jaitley. They said that Jaitley had benefitted from a relationship with 21st Century Media Private Limited, a sports management company.

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