Court asks cops to explain ban on protest

Court asks cops to explain ban on protest

Police to justify imposition of section 144 at Kejriwal rally

Delhi Police were on Thursday asked by a court here to explain how prohibitory order under section 144 of the CrPC was imposed during a protest by Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party members at the Prime Minister’s residence and other places here last year.

Metropolitan magistrate (MM) Jay Thareja asked the police to justify the imposition of section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in New Delhi district.

“How you (police) defend imposition of section 144 of CrPC and what are your views regarding further investigation?” the magistrate told the police. He listed the matter for further hearing on March 18 after the public prosecutor sought some time to respond to the court’s query.

The magistrate had earlier questioned the police’s move to impose prohibitory orders during the protest and asked what was the “emergency” of imposing section 144 of CrPC when the protest on the issue of coal blocks allocation scam in August last year was on outside the PM’s house.

The court’s remarks came while hearing arguments on a plea of Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia and 23 others who had sought discharge in the case.

The case relates to charges of rioting, unlawful assembly and use of force to obstruct public servants from discharging their duty and damaging public property filed against them after protests on August 26 last year.

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