Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was released by a court here on Wednesday upon furnishing an undertaking after he refused to seek bail in a criminal defamation case filed against him by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s political secretary for alleged defamatory remarks against her during protests on the power tariff hike issue.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Bansal released Kejriwal, who had been summoned by the court, on an undertaking that he would appear on every date of hearing after he refused to seek bail and furnish any personal or surety bond.

His counsel was not allowed to enter the courtroom due to a lawyers strike at Karkardooma courts forcing Mr. Kejriwal to argue the matter himself. He objected to the complaint on the grounds that it has been filed by Pawan Khera, political secretary of the Chief Minister, and not by Ms. Dikshit herself.

“I admit the allegations levelled against me. If Sheilaji thinks that she has been defamed then she herself would have filed the case. This is a proxy complaint and as far as I know, the defamation case has to be filed by the person who has been defamed,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

Mr. Khera countered this argument saying he has been working with the Chief Minister for the past 15 years and if someone defames her, it was akin to defaming him too. The matter has now been listed for June 5.

Case was filed by Chief Minister’s political secretary