Social activist Anna Hazare was on Tuesday sent to seven days’ judicial custody after he refused to sign a personal bond and come out on bail following his arrest.
Three other leading activists of the team Mr. Hazare — Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal and Manoj Sisodia — were also sent to judicial custody on similar grounds.
Mr. Hazare, who was arrested in the morning on grounds of apprehension of breach of peace following his intention to defy prohibitory orders to go on an indefinite hunger strike, was produced before a Special Executive Magistrate.
Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta told a press conference that the police was not keen that he should be sent to judicial custody.
Mr. Gupta said the police was prepared for his being released on a personal bond if the Gandhian would have given an undertaking that he will not defy Section 144 of the CrPC that prohibits gathering of five or more people and also ask his supporters not to do so.
Sources said since Mr. Hazare refused to give an undertaking, the Magistrate remanded him to a seven-day judicial custody.
Mr. Hazare was taken to Jail No. 4 in Tihar Central Prison where he will be lodged for the next seven days. Mr. Kejriwal, Ms. Bedi and Mr. Sisodia were lodged in Jail No. 1. Noted lawyer Shanti Bhushan was also among those arrested.
Hundreds of supporters gathered outside Tihar jail after Mr. Hazare and his associates were taken inside the prison. Hindu