NEW DELHI: Anti-corruption crusader and founder of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal today said that he would rather be in jail than seek bail in a case that accuses him and other party members of protesting near the prime minister's house in August last year.
NDTV quoted him saying: 'We confess to violating Section 144.'
"We will not apply for bail, we respect the court order. On August 26, many of us had gone to gherao the house of Gandhi, the Prime Minister and Nitin Gadkari. And it was a peaceful protest. There was no violence. We were moving peacefully when suddenly the police started to baton charge us. They used tear gas, water cannons etc. They imposed Section 144," Kejriwal told media outside the Patiala House Court here.
"There was no reason to impose Section 144 because we were completely peaceful," he added.
Meanwhile, Prashant Bhushan said the protest was peaceful.
"The police has wrongly accused us of inciting violence," said Bhushan.
Kejriwal and other party member had staged a protest outside the Prime Minister's residence, Congress President residence and former BJP President Nitin Gadkari's residence in August last year over a CAG report that said the national exchequer lost around Rs. 1.86 lakh crore due to coal allocations without competitive bidding during 2005-09.
The court had summoned Kejriwal and other AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia and Prashant Bhushan today in the case of breach of section 144, during which they protested outside the residences of the Prime Minister and the Congress President. They were protesting against coal allocation scam that came to light in 2012.