He was taken to the same cell where his mentor and social activist Anna Hazare was kept after his arrest during the Lokpal movement in 2011. JPN/Agencies
Kejriwal stayed alone in jail number four here, where he slept on the floor and was served routine jail food, Tihar spokesperson Sunil Gupta said.
There is no television in the ward and Kejriwal would get newspapers to read in his cell, he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader reached Tihar jail at 6:30 pm on Thursday after he was arrested and remanded in judicial custody by a local court till May 23 after he refused to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 in the defamation case.
Soon after his arrival in the jail, Kejriwal underwent a medical check-up as per jail rules.
Jail number four at Tihar is meant for people whose cases are being heard at Patiala House and Saket Courts.
Street drama was back again in the national capital on Wednesday with scores of AAP supporters including senior party leaders Yogendra Yadav, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Rakhi Birla holding demonstration opposing the ‘erroneous’ order of the local court and wanted to court arrest.
The police imposed Section 144 of CrPC restricting mass gathering outside the jail as the AAP supporters started gathering there.
The AAP supporters clashed with police when they were being evicted by the security personnel on Wednesday.
Sending Kejriwal to jail is an erroneous decision: AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party 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".
"It is a matter of principle and not a matter of money. If Arvind Kejriwal furnishes the bail bond, that would mean he is guilty. He had given assurance that he will appear before court anytime when called," senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said.
Congress, BJP call Kejriwal's action as publicity stunt
The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed Kejriwal’s refusal to furnish bail bond as a ‘publicity stunt’.
The BJP said that the former Delhi chief minister was acting like a "spoilt brat" after the loss in Lok Sabha polls while Congress said he had "lost his mental balance" following its decision not to extend support to AAP to form government.
Hitting out at Kejriwal, the Congress said the former Chief Minister has even dared to challenge the judiciary.
"He has lost mental balance following Congress' decision not to extend support to AAP to form a government again in Delhi. He is hungry about power. Now, he even does not care about Janlokpal Bill and other issues," said Delhi Congress' Chief Spokesperson Mukesh Sharma.
"We condemn his act. We do not have any sympathy for him. Law is equal to everybody," he said.
BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said Kejriwal had levelled wrong allegations against Gadkari, who gave him a fitting reply by filing case against him.
"The type of politics that he (Kejriwal) is continuously pursuing in this country has been grossly and thoroughly rejected by the people of India and more particularly by the people of national capital. I don't think any more dramas' of this nature would help him," Harsh Vardhan said.
He was taken to the same cell where his mentor and social activist Anna Hazare was kept after his arrest during the Lokpal movement in 2011.