Arvind Kejriwal . File photo
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has been sent to judicial custody for two days in connection with the defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.
Kejriwal will be kept in prison number 4, Tihar Central Jail PRO Sunil Gupta said.
The action was taken after Kejriwal refused to pay the bail bond of Rs 10,000. He will be produced in court on May 23.
Kejriwal told the court that he would not furnish a bail bond in the case as it is of a political nature. Instead, he said he would give an undertaking to appear before the court at every hearing.
"I am fighting against corruption. I will not seek bail as I have not done anything wrong," the chief told metropolitan magistrate Gomati Manocha.
AAP Kejriwal was summoned by the court for describing Gadkari as a "corrupt" person.
The anti-graft crusader's counsel told the court that in an earlier defamation cases against him, Kejriwal was granted bail on the undertaking that he would appear before the court at every hearing.
The counsel added that Kejriwal would not flee from justice.
"I completely agree but what is the problem with furnishing bail bond," the court said. it added that furnishing a bail bond is a process of law and told Kejriwal that he was seeking different treatment.
Kejriwal responded by saying that it was a case of a political nature and he would not furnish a bail bond.
"You are representing the Aam Aadmi Party. I request you to behave as aam aadmi (common man)," the court said.