Rioting case: Kejriwal, Bhushan refuse bail, but released by court
The magistrate, however, said he was bound to grant them bail in the case.
“The law says if the accused appears before the court after filing of chargesheet in such cases, accused should be granted bail. I need at least a surety. I cannot violate the law of the land,” the magistrate said and told the accused that he would conduct an expeditious trial in the case.
In response, Kejriwal told the court that they respect the law of the land but whether to take bail is their right and they have decided not to take bail in the case.
“We respect the law and your (magistrate's) position. Our only weapon is truth and we are on that way only. We deliberately violated Sec 144 and we are ready to face the punishment. We have decided not to seek bail in this case,” he said.
Bhushan, an accused in the case, argued that the imposition of Sec 144 by Delhi police was “illegal” and in violation of the orders passed by the Supreme Court.
“The point here is that this (imposition of Sec 144) has become the easiest way for police or the government to harass activists and political opponents...the chargesheet and trial is itself a punishment for us,” he said.
Bhushan further said that Sec 144 is a provision which is meant to take care of an emergency situation only.
“How can the police apprehend that there was threat to law