MUMBAI: A Mumbai court on Friday acquitted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and seven others members for holding a rally in Mumbai during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Acquitting Kejriwal and the others, Metropolitan Magistrate P K Deshpande observed that the police had failed to give the accused a written statement refusing them permission for the rally.
The accused were booked for holding an “unscheduled” rally in Mankhurd without prior permission from the Mumbai traffic police and were booked under various provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act.
Besides the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief, other prominent names acquitted were of activist Medha Patkar and Meera Sanyal. Except Patkar, all others were present for the hearing. All of them have to execute a personal bond of Rs 15,000 in cash.
In March 2014, a complaint was lodged against Kejriwal and the others at suburban Mankhurd police station. Police alleged that the rally was “unscheduled” and held without prior permission from the traffic police.