A Mumbai court on Friday acquitted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and seven others in a case of holding a political rally without required police permission during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Kejriwal, activist Medha Patkar, Meera Sanyal and five others were booked under various sections of the Maharashtra Police Act for holding public rallies without taking prior permission from the police.
While acquitting Kejriwal and others, Metropolitan Magistrate PK Deshpande said that the police had failed to give them a written statement refusing them permission for the rally.
The rally in Mumbai's Mankhurd was held as part of the poll campaign of AAP candidates Meera Sanyal and Medha Patkar. The Mumbai Police had claimed the rally was “unscheduled” and held without prior permission from the traffic police.
In March 2014, a complaint was lodged against Kejriwal and the others at suburban Mankhurd police station. While Kejriwal, Sanyal and the other accused were present in the court Friday, Patkar was absent.
(With inputs from PTI)