The court asked Kejriwal to go to a higher court after the former Delhi chief minister questioned its judgment.

Both Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party had faced stinging criticism from the rival parties for their theatrics outside the Tihar Jail on Wednesday.

Earlier on Thursday, the Aam admi Party claimed that it would challenge the Patiala Metropolitan Court’s decision on Friday if it goes against Kejriwal, even as it announced a mass contact programme.

The party had also ruled out the possibility of furnishing a bond if the court demand as it has taken a ‘principled’ decision not to do so.

The Aam Aadmi Party had earlier termed the court’s decision to send Kejriwal to jail as ‘erroneous’ and said there was no provision in the law, which makes it mandatory for a defendant in a defamation case to furnish a bail bond when he is willing to remain present for hearing.

"The AAP totally disagrees with the decision of the learned Metropolitan Magistrate to send Kejriwal to judicial custody. There is no provision in law which makes it mandatory for a defendant against whom a complaint is filed in a defamation case to furnish a bail bond, particularly when he is ready and willing to be present in the court on the fixed date of hearing," the party said in a statement.

"It is surprising that the court decided to send Kejriwal to judicial custody despite his lawyers expressing readiness to submit an undertaking that he will be present in the court during each date of hearing," the statement said, adding that the party stood firm behind its leader in its "fight against corruption".

(JPN)

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