Kejriwal’s role under scanner, SC slams cop’s handling protest
Arvind Kejriwal’s role in leading a protest while holding constitutional office today came under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which slammed law enforcing agencies
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal’s role in leading a protest while holding constitutional office today came under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which slammed law enforcing agencies of allowing unlawful assembly of supporters of the Chief Minister in the heart of national capital.
The apex court disapproved the Delhi Police inaction in permitting people to gather outside the Rail Bhavan despite prohibitory orders under section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure barring assembly of five and more persons being in force.
“How did they (people) assemble when prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC was clamped. Why did you let it happen in the first place when the mob is already there,” a bench comprising justices R M Lodha and Shiva Kirti Singh asked Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.
“Why did police at all permit people to gather when it will amount to breach of prohibitory orders. What we are inclined to know is whether police acted,” the bench said while adding that “by allowing five people it swelled into 500 and thereafter into thousands”.
Observing that “the task in hand is to see that the constitutional provisions are respected,” the bench sought explanation by January 31 from the Police Commissioner why people were allowed to gather unlawfully at the site of dharna by Kejriwal…Contd