Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and other AAP leaders appeared in a Delhi court for violating prohibitory orders and obstructing public servants in discharge of their duty during an agitation, on 15 May.
They appeared in the court in pursuance of the metropolitan magistrate Akash Jain’s direction. On the last date of hearing, Jain apparently got angry that the accused had not appeared before him.
While Kejriwal, Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Somnath Bharti and Ashutosh were present in court, Sanjay Singh sought exemption for the day on the ground that he was out of station. His plea was allowed.
During the hearing, senior advocate HS Phoolka and advocate RK Wadhwa, appearing for the APP leaders, moved an application seeking certain documents, which were not supplied to them with the charge sheet.
The court had earlier directed them to appear before it, saying there was “no justifiable ground” for their exemption from personal appearance.
Kejriwal and others had staged a ‘dharna’ outside Rail Bhavan demanding action against police officials in January last year. They were chargesheeted under sections 145, 147, 186, 353 and the Indian Penal Code.
The court also directed SHO of Parliament Street and the IO to supply copy of deficient documents, including two CDs and complete transcript of the accused’s speech.
The court fixed August 4 for hearing arguments on framing of charges against the AAP leaders.