Supreme Court issues notices to Centre, Delhi govt over Arvind Kejriwals protest, asks police why they allowed dharna

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 24 2014, 20:25pm hrs
The Supreme Court on Friday sent notices to the Centre and the Delhi government over the protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party.

The apex court said the issue involves matter of constitutional importance and sought replies in six weeks. The SC will also decide whether a constitutional post holder can resort to agitation in violation of law.

The court questioned the Delhi police as to why it allowed Arvind Kejriwal and AAP supporters to assemble for the protest despite prohibitory orders and why no action was taken against them subsequently. The Delhi police sought time till next Friday to inform the SC as to how the unlawful assembly happened and about its actions.

Arvind Kejriwal had led a protest demanding suspension of Delhi policemen for failing to arrest the members of an alleged drug racket involving Ugandan nationals.

After two days of face-off with the police, Kejriwal called off the protest near the Rail Bhawan as Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung agreed to send the accused policemen on leave.