(Source: NDTV) Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and 54 others were remanded in judicial custody by a local court today after they refused to seek bail in a case of alleged assault of a Jharkhand State Electricity Board official. Judicial Magistrate R B Pal sent them to judicial custody for 14 days after Mr Sinha and others refused to take bail. Read More
But before this passionate appeal could be made to declare Prashant Bhushan guilty, it became apparent that Gadkari’s lawyers were guilty “contempt of common sense”. The “news item” that they referred to was from “Faking News” – Firstpost’s news satire offering. One can read the report here. Read More
Kejriwal on Tuesday accepted the proposal of the hon’ble Delhi High Court to furnish a personal bail bond for his release from the Tihar Jail, and the court has made it clear that the issue of whether such bonds are a mandatory requirement, will be subject to the final outcome of his petition, listed for hearing on July 31.
In his petition filed in the High Court, Kejriwal has raised the issue of whether it is correct to seek bail bonds and sureties from people who are summoned by courts on complaints filed in cases like that of criminal defamation. This question will be settled by the High Court, when it will deliver its verdict on Kejriwal's petition. Read More
The CrPC permits an accused person to be represented by a lawyer of his choice. The code also permits the court to exempt the personal appearance of an accused represented by a lawyer. The Supreme Court has held that even for framing charges against an accused, his presence is not required and the lawyer’s presence is enough. The code provides that if the personal attendance of an accused is required on a particular date, like for his identification, the court can pass an order to require such personal attendance on that specific date. In summons cases, Sec 317 also permits the questioning of the accused being dispensed with.
Thus an entire trial can be completed without requiring the presence of an accused on a single date. In fact it is only the lawyer who plays a role in the proceedings and the accused remains just a spectator.
The Aam Aadmi Party fully endorses the principled stand taken by its national convenor and former Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, of not accepting the condition of furnishing a bail bond in a case of defamation filed against him by former BJP President, Mr Nitin Gadkari.
The AAP does not agree with the order of the learned Metropolitan Magistrate, who has sent Kejriwal to judicial custody in the Tihar Jail, and the party has decided to challenge this erroneous order in higher courts.
Kejriwal’s fight against corruption requires wholehearted support of the citizens, since this evil needs to be completely eradicated for the country’s betterment and the AAP will take this anti-corruption battle to every corner of the country.