PTI, MUMBAI: A court here on Friday acquitted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and seven others in a case of holding a political rally without requisite police permission in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and others, including activist Medha Patkar and Meera Sanyal, were booked under various provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act pertaining to holding public rallies and use of loudspeakers without prior permission from the police.
The charges carry a prison sentence of up to eight days and/or fine of up to Rs 1000. Metropolitan Magistrate P K Deshpande, while acquitting Kejriwal and the others, on Friday observed that the police had failed to give the accused a written statement refusing them permission for the rally.
The court also said that the police had failed to produce any electronic evidence in support of its case despite having claimed, during the first hearing, that they were in possession of some CCTV footage that helped establish their case.